ELECTRICAL SAFETY HAZARDS:
HOW IMPORTANT ARE THEY?
Electrical safety is one of the most important aspects of Workplace Safety. This is because of the severity of the consequences that occur when any of them is not carefully analyzed, safeguarded or eliminated.
Electrical safety therefore refers to the numerous safe practices, procedures and safetyguidelines required to eliminate or significantly reduce the potency of these unsafe conditions within the workplace.
WHAT ARE ELECTRICAL HAZARDS IN THE WORK PLACE?
Electrical Safety Hazards in the workplace can be subdivided into the following hazards categories:
1. Overload Hazards
2. Improper/Failed Insulation
3. Naked (or Exposed ) Wire Hazard
4. Grounding Failure
5. Defective Tools/Equipment
6. Wet Conditions
Factors That Promote Workplace Electrical Safety Hazards
The following factors are the main contributory factors that enhance or promote these accident-causing-hazards within the workplace:
1. Failure to Follow Correct Lock Out /Tag Out Process( Non-compliance to LOTO Procedures)
2. Poor maintenance culture or practices on electrical installations.
3. Inadequate Workplace Electrical Safety Awareness
4. General complacency towards workplace safety
5. Inadequate workplace safety inspections, as well as inadequate electrical safety assessment within the facility.
Ok, Let's quickly go through these workplace electrical safety hazards and how to prevent injury or incidents arising because of them:
SAFETY HAZARD #1:ELECTRICAL OVERLOAD HAZARDS
Electrical Overload occurs when an excessive current (higher than its normal full load rating) passes through an electrical unit. This unit may be an electrical receptacle (such as a socket), an electrical wire, circuit or piece of equipment.
Signs Of Electrical Overload
1. Melting of Electrical Insulation
2. Excessive Heat Generation
3. Burnt Electrical Fixtures (Sockets, Receptacles, Extensions, etc)
How To Avoid Electrical Overload Safety Hazards
The following outlines some safety tips that shall ensure your workplace electrical equipment are not overloaded:
1. Use correctly rated cables for your equipment. Check and ensure that the power rating for your equipment corresponds with, or falls below the max. rating for your cables
2. Use correctly rated fuses for all your machinery and installations
3. Keep your Over-current protective devices (such as Circuit Breakers, etc) in good working condition.
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