Electricity is a wonderful thing when used in a right manner. Misuse of Electricity in a home or at your workplace can result in grave consequences ranging from equipment breakdown to even death. AR Electricals strongly care about safety at your workplace and knows how to prevent electrical hazards. We’ll share a few safety tips to avoid electrical hazards in your workplace.
The electrical system is the foundation of all other systems including mechanical, security, fire safety, etc in any commercial or industrial workplace. It is of utmost importance to have a strong electrical design and planning done for your workplace by electrical experts in the initial stages only.
High-quality electrical design and solutions help in the clock-like operation of your business every time avoiding any electrical hazard at your workplace.
Prevention of Electrical Hazards should be a top priority at any workplace and we have all the right tips to make your workplace a healthy and secure environment for you, your employees and the general public.
Types of Electrical Hazards & Risks at Workplace
Most places of work have high voltage electricity and electrical tools and appliances that need to be handled carefully. According to Australia’s Govt. Site, 4% of workplace fatalities in 2015 were caused due to electrocution.
It is important to identify hazards of electricity and their safety measures to ensure the protection of human lives at the workplace.
The most common type of electrical hazards include:
> Exposure to live parts resulting in shock and burns.
> Electrical faults that can cause fires.
> Explosion or fire where electricity becomes the source of ignition in a potentially flammable environment.
Electricity has the potential to kill but there are ways to prevent it from happening. Become proactive and make your work environment electricity friendly today.
Safety Tips to Prevent Electrical Hazards at Your Workplace
It is important to make note that not all electrical hazards are not a result of coming in direct contact with electricity. There are many other factors that contribute to electrical hazards in a work environment.
1. Contact an Electrical Professional
If you feel an electrical hazard is about to happen or you encounter any electrical fault, whether in the wiring or your equipment, don’t try to resolve it. Call a professional electrician for all your electrical needs.
2. Overload Protection for Power Boards
Always consider the power boards and add overload protection to all your power boards and integrated switches. Also, keep all your power boards clean, ventilated and above floor surface wherever possible.
3. Check the Extension Cord before Use
Always make sure the extension lead is heavy duty and of high quality. Electrical cords should be checked for faults before use and extension leads must be considered a temporary solution only.
4. Make Use of Danger & Caution Tags
If there are any damaged or suspect sockets, report them and use caution tags so that other employees don’t use it. Any area with live wires or heavy-duty dangerous equipment should have danger tags around it.
5. Ensure all Electrical Appliances and Equipment is Certified
Make sure that all electrical appliances are equipment are certified by a nationally recognized laboratory and carry approved markings.
Always use equipment labeled as safe and compliant with AS/NZS 3760 in a high-risk environment and read all the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.
6. Ensure all the Electrical Components stay dry
Do not mix electricity with water. It is one of the cardinal rules of electricity. Never use any appliances and electrically powered tools in wet areas and keep all your appliances and power cords above water level.
Never use any appliance exposed to liquid or water. Turn it off and unplug it immediately.
7. Before cutting through any ceiling, floor or wall, thoroughly check for electrical wiring
Anytime a tool comes in inadvertent contact with an unseen electrical line, the person holding the tool is under threat of electrocution or electrical shock. Make sure to size up the situation before you proceed to prevent any electrical hazard.
8. Use the appropriate cord for the job
Check the wattage reading of the extension cord and make sure it is greater than the power requirement. Using a lower wattage extension cord can cause strain, overheating and in worst case scenario possibly fire.
9. Ensure Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter(GFCI) Protection
Always plug into a GFCI. For every temporary electrical supply at your work site, GFCI protection is necessary at every plug-in point. Further, keep portable GFCIs on hand in case additional grounding needs arise.
10. Inspect Electrical Appliances on a Regular Basis
Check all your electrical appliances for faults regularly. Inspect electrical cords and plugs for any signs of wear-tear and damage to grounding pin, blades or insulation. Once the insulation layer of an insulated appliance has damaged, it no longer works effectively.
Rather, the appliance becomes a conductor of electricity increasing your risk of injury. Destroy and replace such appliances on an immediate basis.
11. Manage High-Risk Powerpoints
Powerpoints can become high-risk if not maintained well. Few points to be considered to manage powerpoints are:
> Don’t overcrowd your powerpoints and avoid multi-plugs wherever possible.
> Test your plugs regularly and fully insert the plugs into the socket.
> Properly label all sockets and ensure they have safety switches.
> Don’t pull the cord as it may cause breakage. Pull the plug to unplug any electrical appliance.
12. Never Modify Your Electrical Plugs
Never circumvent the third prong of a plug or under any circumstances try to modify the plug so that it may fit into the socket. Doing so will only increase the likelihood of shock, fire or electrical damage.
Always call a certified electrician to change or replace the device’s plug.
13. Train Your Staff to Handle Electrical Equipment
Make sure to give proper training to your staff to handle electrical equipment associated with their job, how to identify electrical faults and what to do in an emergency situation.
Most of the fatalities are the cause of ignorance in employees and no equipped training to handle these circumstances.
> Ensure only electrical and certified electricians perform any electrical work at your job site.
> If a staff member is required to use an electrical appliance, machinery or equipment, they should be properly trained to handle the equipment and identify the faults in the equipment. Additionally, they should also be adequately informed about what to do if they discover a fault.
> People working with live electrical equipment should be fully trained in CPR.
14. Electrical Preventive Maintenance
“Prevention is better than cure.” Electrical Preventive Maintenance is a proactive and cost-effective approach to every business and industry. It helps to plan outages and identify faults in electrical(and mechanical) appliances and equipment.
Before an electrical appliance breaks down or causes electrical hazards, it heats up. At AR Electricals we use Electrical Thermal Imaging Services in Queensland area for all our clients to identify the overheating equipment and prevent sudden breakdowns or failure.
Electrical Thermal Imaging is a non-destructive technique which is performed when your business is in full-operation.
A certified master electrician uses a specialized equipment to identify potential areas of threat preventing catastrophic failures and reduced downtime.
Also, you’ll be able to schedule your repairs and replacements according to the assessment from preventive maintenance diagnostics.
AR Electrical team wishes every commercial and industrial business has a safe and healthy workplace for their employees and the general public.
If you have any queries regarding electrical safety at your workplace, you can talk to our electrical experts and they’ll assist you with all your electrical needs.
Keep your workplace safe and protect your employees’ life from any electrical hazards.