Don't Touch That!
Electrical hazards are an area of major safety concerns in many industries and account for a large number of injuries and fatalities. Electricity has long been recognized as a serious workplace hazard. OSHA's electrical standards are designed to protect employees exposed to dangers such as electric shock, electrocution, fires, and explosions.
Never take electricity for granted! When the safety meeting focus is on electrical safety, make sure the following important points are discussed as a team.
- Pay attention to Electrical Danger and Warning signs around the job site.
- Use properly insulated tools if working with electricity.
- Wear the right type of gloves or other personal protective equipment when working with electricity.
- Notify mangers of electrical hazards when found.
- Don't work on electrical equipment unless you have been trained, are qualified, and are equipped!
- Always determine where possible energized or "hot" electrical lines and parts are before starting any work.
- Never work around energized lines, do not dig where buried lines are located, and do not touch "hot" electrical parts without proper protection and training.
- Avoid contact with exposed electrical parts and report electrical hazards immediately.
- Use insulated gloves that are designed, tested, inspected and rated for electrical work and for the correct voltage.
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