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T.A.S.C.O. Tip: Many types of safety accidents can happen at work. One type that is likely to cause death is an accident related to electricity. One of the first items to watch carefully in terms of electrical safety in the workplace is the avoidance of circuit overload protection.
During the course of a typical busy day, it might get tempting for employees to take shortcuts. It's not only dangerous but an OSHA violation. Electrical safety in the workplace requires following both the National Electrical Code and any applicable local codes. Breaker boxes in the workplace should be accessible at all times. Additionally, every circuit breaker and fuse should be clearly marked with what it serves. This allows for quick interruption in the event of electrical shock.
Employees working with electricity should carry out routine inspections of all wiring to ensure it is free of frayed areas and deteriorated insulation. There should be a log of these inspections signed by employees. Electrical wall outlets must be free of breaks and obvious damage like cracks. Safety posters reminding employees of all electrical safety rules on the job should be posted in and near areas that pose electrical risk.
Here are some additional questions to ask about workplace electrical safety: Are insulating covers free of holes and other damage? Does electrical equipment bear a UL or other appropriate label? Are all pieces of equipment grounded properly?
|Sheri Ann Richerson|