Electrical Safety

26 Mar

Know how to power up and power down the equipment before starting any work. Properly lock out and tag out any systems that are to be worked on. Identify the location of emergency stops, outlets and power sources. Inspect electrical cords of all types for exposed or frayed wiring. Extension cords should only be used for temporary purposes and should not be permanently installed. Ensure electrical plugs are grounded (3-prong) and they are completely encased in the shroud. Dissipate electrical energy accordingly before starting repair work, conducting a change-over of any sort or performing routine maintenance. Never assume energy is dissipated unless you have verified it personally. Once the energy is dissipated use test equipment to verify, if applicable. Electricity is always looking to ground itself…do not become a conductor of electricity. Verify signage, labeling and any applicable color-coding is visible and legible. Keep all sources of water away from electricity. Do not stand in water while operating electrical equipment. Do not dig or excavate underground without first knowing where power lines may exist.