7 Electrical safety habits

By A Havens, H Hoagland and Z Jooma, e-Hazard.com


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Electricity+Control, June 2013 (pages 32 – 36)

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Any person or organisation wishing to effectively implement the Seven Electrical Habits needs to ensure that the habits are not only known, but are thoroughly understood.


The ‘habits’ are:


  • Habit 1: Always verify absence of voltage and use insulating gloves and tools.
  • Habit 2: Establish boundaries for worker safety from shock and arc flash hazards.
  • Habit 3: Always use arc-rated daily work wear and a face shield.
  • Habit 4: Always use an earth leakage or ground fault circuit interrupter device with cord and plug connected tools and extension cords.
  • Habit 5: When feasible create an electrically safe work condition.
  • Habit 6: Identify greater hazard levels and adopt proper PPE or engineering controls to mitigate those hazards.
  • Habit 7: Measure, audit and continuously improve electrical safety processes.


Take note

  • Develop good habits.
  • If safety becomes second nature, you and those around you will be safe.
  • Various guidelines on safety exist – find these, study them, and inculcate them into your business.