These hazards can lead to serious injury and even death.
Controlling Electrical Hazards
Workers can be protected from many electrical hazards by limiting their exposure to live electrical equipment.
De-energizing equipment prior to work on the equipment eliminates the potential for burns, shocks, and electrocution. It is important to ensure that there are proper Lockout/Tagout procedures to prevent equipment from becoming energized while employees are working on the equipment.
Work on energized equipment must be limited to qualified employees who have been sufficiently trained and are adequately protected by the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) . Qualified employees must be trained to recognize the exposed live parts of electrical equipment and determine the nominal voltage of exposed live parts.
Qualified employees must also know the clearance distances they must maintain for difference voltages they are exposed to. When working on energized parts, qualified employees must have sufficient lighting to view the work area and easily see the equipment and its hazards.
Hazardous (classified) locations present significant dangers for workers. Hazardous locations are work areas that contain flammable vapors, liquids, or gases or combustible dusts or fibers in quantities that are likely to ignite. Hazardous locations must be properly designated to indicate the hazards present. Any electrical equipment and wiring must be intrinsically safe and approved for or safe for the hazardous location.
Importance of implementing an active regulatory watch on electrical safety
Since every workplace has potential electrical hazards, it is important to ensure that you are aware of the latest OSHA standards.