Almost everything in an office setting today operates on electricity. Electrical equipment used in an office, is potentially hazardous and can cause serious shock and burn injuries if improperly used or maintained. If a part of the body comes in contact with the electrical circuit, a shock will occur. The current will enter the body at one point and leave at another and this passage of electricity, can cause great pain, burns, and even death.
To protect your workers, you should properly educate them and ensure that your office is safe and free from electrical hazards.
Below are 14 tips to prevent electrical accidens in your workplace.
1) Use only equipment that is properly grounded or double-insulated
2) Do not overload outlets;
3) Do not plug multi-outlet bars to other multi-outlet bars;
4) Only use equipment that has been approved by a national testing laboratory For a full list of approved labs click here.
5) Minimize the use of extension cords. Do not plug two extension cords together;
6) Do not cover power cords or extension cords with rugs or mats, as this can cause issues with the wires or create potential tripping hazards
7) Do not run electrical cords through pedestrian aisles,Steel Toe Boots, as this creates tripping hazards
8) Unplug or disconnect machines before servicing or repairing, and check to make sure the machine is actually disconnnected and turned off prior to service
9) Do not ignore warning signs. If an item feels hot, makes an unusual noise (buzz or hum), smokes or sparks, take it out of service immediately and tag it Do Not Use
10) Inspect cords and equipment regularly, and report any defects immediately
11) Cover or guard any exposed electrical components or wires, and make sure employees are aware of any hazards
12) Unplug cords from the outlet by gripping the plug. Do not just pull the cord from a distance
13) Do not use electrical equipment or appliances near water or wet surfaces
14) Never use electrical equipment when your hands or the equipment is wet
As with all workplaces, protecting employees by eliminating or controlling hazards should be everyones goal, employer and employee alike. A good first step is to conduct a safety assessment of your workplace. Having a professional walk through your facility, can help identify hidden hazards,Hiker Work Boots, and create a plan to correct those issues.
Schedule a call with one of our safety experts today and take the first step towards making your workplace safer.
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