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.
- 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.