Electricity is essential to modern life, but when it comes to workplace safety, working electricity can cause serious danger. Here is an introduction to what you need to know about working safely around electrical hazards
Workplace Safety:.? Who is most at risk
Water well drillers, construction workers, engineers, electricians, electronic technicians and power line workers all work directly with electricity. Others, such as office workers and sales people, work with it indirectly, but can still be exposed to electrical hazards. Perhaps because it has become such a familiar part of our daily lives, we tend to overlook the dangers of electricity sit and not treat it with the respect it deserves.
Electricity has long been recognized as a serious workplace hazard, exposing employees electrocution, electric shock, burns, fires and explosions. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, electrical injuries have been responsible for an average of 320 deaths and more than 4,000 injuries involving days away from work annually in the last decade in the United States. Electrical hazards are the second leading cause of death in the construction industry, killing an average of 143 construction workers every year. What makes these statistics shocking is that most of these deaths could have been easily avoided
Workplace Safety:.? What are the OSHA electrical safety
OSHA standards cover many electrical hazards in many different industries. General industry electrical standards OSHA safety are published in Title 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1910.302 through 1910.308-Safety Design Standards electrical and 1910,331 through 1910.335-Electrical Safety-Related Practices Standards. OSHA electrical requirements based on the National Fire Protection Association Standards NFPA 70, National Electric Code, and NFPA 70E, Electrical Safety Requirements for Employee Workplaces.
OSHA standards focus on the design and use of electrical equipment and systems. Standards only become or use elements of electrical installation including lighting, appliances, equipment, machinery, equipment, switches, controls, and enclosure, they need to be constructed and installed to minimize workplace electrical hazards. Also having the standards determined approved testing organizations test and certify electrical equipment for use in the workplace to ensure that it is safe
Workplace Safety:.? How can you protect yourself against electrical hazards
most electrical accident caused by one of the following three factors:
- Unsafe equipment or installation of
- Unsafe environment
- Unsafe practices.
Some ways to prevent these injuries by using insulation, guarding, grounding, electrical protective equipment and safe working practices. In addition, it is important that you follow all constantly lock / tagout procedures of the company.