Understand Electrical Safety
Electricity has long been recognized
as a serious workplace hazard, exposing employees to such
dangers as electrical shock, electrocution, burns, and fires.
Using safe work practices while working on or near de-energized
electrical parts can decrease your chances of being injured
How can it hurt me?
You can receive a shock when a
part of your body becomes part of an electric circuit. An
electric shock can cause serious injury or sometimes even
death. You will get a shock if you touch:
both wires of an electric circuit.
one wire of an energized circuit and the ground.
part of a machine which is "hot" because it is contacting
an energized wire and the ground.
The effects of an electric shock
on the body can range from a tingle where the body touches
the circuit to immediate cardiac arrest. A severe shock can
cause more damage than can be easily seen.
The following rules apply to all
equipment-inspect tools, cords, grounds, and accessories.
Have problem equipment repaired or replaced immediately.
Use safety features
like three-pronged plugs, double-insulated tools, and safety
switches. Ensure machine guards are in place and that lockout/tagout
procedures are followed.
Install or repair equipment only if you're qualified and authorized
to do so.
Keep electric cables
and cords clean and free from kinks. Never carry equipment
by the cord.
Use caution when
working with electricity around water, damp surfaces, ungrounded
metal, or any bare wires. Wear approved rubber gloves when
working with live wires or ungrounded surfaces. Rubber-soled
shoes or boots should be worn when working on damp or wet
Avoid wearing jewelry
or metal objects (ring, watches, etc.) when working with electricity.
Good work habits soon become second nature. Don't take
chances with electricity. One mistake could cost you your