An electrical safety checklist

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An electrical safety checklist
Review an electrical safety checklist to avoid workplace accidents. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

All employees who work with any type of electrical equipment should have a safety checklist to review concerning the necessary safety precautions. Workers experience dangerous workplace accidents from electricity involving burns, fires and electrical shocks. An employee's electrical safety checklist should cover important topics such as wearing protective clothing, inspecting electrical equipment and following proper installation guidelines. (See Reference 2.)

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Training Safety

People should undergo all requirements for electrical training, whether to become an experienced electrician or a non-electrical worker, when performing work in generating stations, substations and other restricted areas. Safety topics should include recognising what is safe to touch in the specific area, being aware of the maximum voltage in the surrounding equipment and what is the minimum safe distance to approach the equipment. Workers also require training to learn the proper use of personal protective clothing and tools. (See Reference 4.)

Personal Protective Equipment

Electrical safety checklists consist of topics involving the proper use of personal protective equipment. Employees should know the appropriate protective equipment for the electrical work they have to do, which could include protective shields, insulation barriers, gloves and footwear. Employers need to evaluate the workplace to determine the electrical hazard level so workers can wear the right protective equipment. (See Reference 3.)

Electrical Equipment Safety

Electrical equipment can experience the normal wear and tear of insulation breaks, short-circuits and wire exposure. Workers should use the proper double-insulated tools and distinctly marked equipment, visually inspecting each piece of equipment before use. If the worker finds any faulty equipment or tools with frayed cords, cracked casings and missing ground prongs, he should immediately dispose of the tools. (See Reference 1.)

Installation Safety

Equipment checklists should have workers evaluate whether equipment has been grounded before installation. Workers should also check if there are any loose connections, defective parts or underrated equipment. For the purpose of proper installation safety, workers need to evaluate the workplace area where they will install the electrical equipment. The worker should take note of flammable vapours, corrosive materials or wet conditions before starting installation work. (See Reference 2.)

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