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May 21, 2010

Safety Tip: Electrical Safety in the Field

(From the Electrical Safety Foundation, International)These points will remind experienced workers of basic electrical safety practices:
  • Complete a detailed job plan and communicate it to all co-workers.
  • Know safety requirements and follow them.
  • Understand the construction and operation of all electrical equipment and the hazards involved.
  • Identify all possible energy sources that could pose on-the-job hazards.
  • Before working on or around electrical systems or equipment, identify the load circuits and disconnect. In some cases, turning power off may cause other hazards. Such hazards and additional guidance should be addressed in your work plan.
  • Select appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and wear it until the electrical system is in a safe condition.
  • Never assume the equipment or system is de-energized. Always test before you touch.
  • Use lock-out / tag-out procedures.
  • Make sure your test equipment is working properly both before and after you use it.
  • If at any time the job becomes more hazardous than you had anticipated, stop and revise the plans.
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