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If your company relies on industrial processes and machinery for its operations, you probably are dealing with high-voltage power outlets that are an immediate occupational hazard for your staff. Even outside the factory where power is used in large quantities, you probably have electrical outlets in your offices, which can also cause accidents if misused.
Electricity, just like fire, is a great servant if applied safely, but can quickly turn into a terrifying disaster if its rules are broken. As a business owner, you may not believe that electrical safety is as serious an issue, which is why you must consider hiring a professional electrical safety consulting.
We at Safe T Professionals have special skills and expertise spanning many industries and years in occupational health and safety and are better equipped to provide safety electrical services. Examples of serious threats that the high power demand in your industry places on your staff to include:
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Overhead Power Lines
Your industry, with its huge demand, might have its own transformer and overhead power lines that often have high voltage. Failure to keep a distance from these or an incident where items fall on such lines and power equipment can cause major burns and electrocution.
An electrical safety company will audit your workplace to ensure that no cranes, trees, or other items are too close or are placed under such lines. Signs that are legible and visible must be placed and barriers erected around these lines to keep non-electrical staff away.
Damaged Electrical Equipment
Damaged electrical tools and equipment can be extremely dangerous, and your employees must never attempt to fix them or use them unless they are qualified and are in full personal protective gear. These may explode, cause sparks, start a fire, or cause electrocution. As part of electrical safety, all electrical equipment must be checked regularly for cracked and cut cables and wiring and all defects repaired with high-quality spare parts.
Lock Out Tag Out procedures must always be performed before the start of electrical maintenance. These procedures will keep your employees safe during the repair.
Inadequate wiring and overloaded power outlets or circuits
If wires are used for a higher current than they were manufactured for, they can overheat and cause an electrical fire. All wires must match the current load their manufacturer intended for them. Most offices also suffer from the problem of overloaded circuits and extensions, where too many appliances are connected to one outlet. These often cause overheating, sparks, and fires and must be avoided at all costs.
Every building must have a circuit breaker in excellent condition to mitigate any possible power problems or surges. You also want to have your kitchenette and offices checked regularly as these areas are at high risk for overloaded or malfunctioning outlets and circuits.
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Poor grounding is the biggest cause of electrocution in workplaces and is one of the most common OSHA electrical safety violations. Proper grounding is essential to remove excess voltage so that it does not remain on surfaces that unsuspecting employees may come into contact with. The metallic grounding pin must never be removed or tampered with as it returns the excess voltage to the ground.
Removed Or Inadequate Insulation
Defective insulation is another serious hazard. Cables without insulation expose your staff to electrocution, and they may cause burns as well. Before resolving any problems with insulation, the affected equipment must be turned off and disconnected from the outlet. These must also never be fixed with electrical tape.
Electrical equipment exposes cleaners and hygiene staff to electric shocks as they clean the factory floors and wipe down the equipment. Generally, electrical equipment must never be operated under wet conditions or with wet hands as most times, water can conduct electricity. Other forms of equipment like industrial cleaners require massive quantities of water to function, and additional care is also required.
Who Is at risk of these serious threats?
Mechanical and electrical engineers handling the machinery, instrumentation and plant technicians overseeing the running of your industrial machinery, overhead line workers, as well as unsuspecting visitors are at the greatest risk of electrical hazards.
However, every person that visits your workplace remains at risk of severe electricity-related accidents, most of which lead to severe injury or trauma, with some being fatal. As the employer, you have the following responsibilities to ensure industrial electrical safety:
Managing OSHA electrical safety requirements at your commercial building, construction site, or factory is easier with the services of a qualified electrical safety consultant. We at Safe T Professionals offer a wide range of electrical safety services that we tailor to fit your facilities. Our services include:
Whether you are a business, school, hospital, power plant or restaurant; electrical safety must be a priority for you, and you can rely on us for professional assistance. Electricity-related accidents often cause severe damage to affected individuals and are often fatal, and by hiring us, you take a proactive approach to preventing them and maintain a safe work environment.