Electrical safety training is essential for a safe and productive workplace. Since electricity is part of every aspect of the workplace, everyone in the workplace needs to understand its safety and use. Only a single electrical accident can be catastrophic. OSHA requires electrical safety training and divides it into three categories – hazard identification, appropriate work practices, and hazards specific to different work environments.
Work practice begins with understanding the most common electrical hazards – electric shock, burns, and fires – and how to avoid them. Here are some of the main causes of this danger and how you can avoid them:
1. Never use too much equipment on the same route. This causes overheating and increases the risk of fire.
2. 3-core cable must not be installed in 2 output outlets. This will protect the ground wire from operating and leave you vulnerable to stray currents.
3. The use of tools with "double insulation" gives you additional protection when working with electricity. These types of tools should become mandatory in the workplace as they drain you of electricity and increase worker safety exponentially.
4. Using the right lighting is another important part of electrical safety. If you don't see what you're doing, it's easier to make mistakes and get injured.
5. Avoid wearing metal jewelry, chains, or other metal objects as they can conduct electricity. All these items must be removed before starting work.
All equipment must be stored in good condition and free from dirt and grease. This will help deal with overheating and prevent fires. When cleaning equipment, avoid using liquids and metal cleaning tools as they can conduct electricity.