6 tips for being electrically safe at work

21 February 2019

When not handled properly, electricity can be lethal.

Whether you’re the owner, manager, or employee, you’re responsible for the safety of yourself and your colleagues in the workplace and should always follow safety procedures.

Here’s 6 tips for being electrically safe at work.

1. Follow general safety advice around electronic equipment

It’s sensible to tidy wires away from walkways, not only for trip hazards, but also to prevent damaging wires and pulling them loose inside plugs. If you’re able to, label sockets and/or the wires themselves to ensure everybody knows what’s plugged in and where.

Use the power leads packaged with the equipment as these will not only be safety-checked but also voltage safe and compatible with the equipment. If you absolutely have to use an extension socket, be sure not to overload it.

2. Follow instructions on electronic devices

You should always ensure that when handling new or complicated machinery, that you refer to the safety manual and always follow the stated instructions. Following the instructions and safety procedure to the book is the best way to stay electrically safe at work.

This includes negligence to protocol and misuse of equipment through accident or ignorance. Also, ensure all equipment is switched off or on a safety mode after use or when left unaccompanied.

3. Wear safety equipment

If you’re handling or operating electronic machinery that requires safety clothing such as highly insulated gloves or a suit, ensure that you wear them at all times whenever you’re required to use the machinery.

4. Regularly inspect electronic equipment

Some electronic components may have visible signs of damage that you can record and notify others about, so where possible, examine the electronic equipment you use on a day-to-day basis for natural wear and tear.

Wires, sockets and extension cords do not last forever, so if you feel the equipment looks broken or the wiring is exposed, stop using it and replace immediately.

5. Book regular electrical safety tests

There are other maintenance and safety procedures that cannot be seen or conducted by anyone other than a professional electrician. Do not attempt any fixtures without appropriate training as this can cause serious injury.

If you are a manager or team leader, ensure your workplace conducts regular electrical safety performance tests to maintain equipment and prevent injury or damage when in use.

6. Keep liquids away

It goes without saying that the risk of electrocution increases when electric appliances are close or exposed to liquid. To remain electrically safe at work, avoid placing any liquids near electronic equipment wherever possible.

Wrapping up

Most electrical accidents at work happen because of unsafe installation or equipment, but this can extend to issues within the environment in which you operate or unsafe practices carried out by staff.

Electrical injuries can be fatal. It is therefore vital that you take the necessary steps to ensure that you are being electrically safe at work.

By following our 6 tips, you can help you and your fellow staff members operate within a safe working environment.

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