Electrical safety at work, Peace of mind at work
All equipments should be inspected and maintained regularly so that they are kept in the safest state possible. Loose wires and unearthed plugs should be noted and fixed, reducing the eventuality of someone coming in contact with them. Installing earthing plugs will also help in reducing the likelihood of a fire. Exposed wires should be cut away completely and new ones fitted. Make sure that all plugs are firmly and securely fitted and that all of them are fused.
Staff should be informed of the proper way to handle equipment and the safety procedures should be mandatorily followed. The safety gear provided by the company should also be maintained regularly, so that the staff feels confident in working with the equipment.
An ‘Emergency OFF’ or ‘Master Shut-Off’ switch should be present on all electrical equipment. This switch should be easily identifiable and accessible so that prompt action can be taken in the eventuality of an accident.
None of the sockets should be overloaded with connections. Machines should be connected to nearby sockets so that it is easy to disconnect them from the mains. All sockets should be maintained to a standard quality and the use of adapters to increase the number of connections should be minimised, as it can lead to fires. It should also be noted that the required voltage of the equipment plugged in should coincide with the output from the socket.
By taking into account some easy to follow steps of electrical safety, one can prevent the occurrence of very serious accidents. Electrical safety should be one of the top most priorities at a workplace, especially one which uses a lot of electrical equipment.