Safety Begins Here
Electrical hazards pose dangerous risks to employees in the workplace. Both the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) have regulations concerning electrical hazards.
DeRock Electric High Voltage Electrical Safety
The safety protocol at DeRock Electric establishes standards to prevent
hazardous electrical exposures to personnel and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements applicable to electrical systems. Working on the equipment in a de-energized state is required unless de-energizing introduces an increased hazard or is infeasible. DeRock Electric helps to ensure that energized high voltage electrical work is performed safely by authorized employees, who are trained and provided with the appropriate safe work procedures, protective equipment and other controls. The safety program at DeRock Electric is intended to ensure the employees are protected against electrical shock, burns and other potential electrical safety hazards as well as comply with regulatory requirements.
The most common electrical hazard is the 120-volt systems involved on a construction site. OSHA standard 29CFR 1926, Subpart K, requires ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) to be used in these applications. The purpose of a GFCI is to almost instantly interrupt an electrical circuit if current is leaking to ground potential, the zero reference level used to measure voltages. This not only prevents electrocution, but also prevents fires and overheating of equipment. Electricians are trained in how and where these devices need to be installed.
Lockout, or tagout, is the process of ensuring that a piece of machinery cannot be energized during maintenance, repair or anytime the equipment is determined to be unsafe to operate. Employers must have a procedure in place that includes turning off the equipment and isolating the power source. A lockout or tagout is generally accomplished by locking the circuit breaker in the “open” position with a padlock. Only the maintenance supervisor should have a key to this lock. Training all employees, and particularly the maintenance workers, in these procedures helps ensure no one gets injured.
Personal Protective Equipment
Personal protective equipment (PPE) are items either worn or utilized to prevent or minimize electrical injuries. These devices include rubber insulated gloves and tools, and non-conductive matting. Training employees how to properly adjust and wear PPEs, as well as proper use and maintenance of these items, must be conducted by qualified instructors, according to OSHA publication 3077. Employees must demonstrate this knowledge before they are allowed to work in an electrical hazard area.