15 Best Practices for Working Safer with Electrical Circuits

Following is a list of best practices you should consider in order to ensure a safe work environment for your qualified workers. Other best practices may apply, depending on several factors, such as: your environment, the task you’re attempting, and your overall experience.

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Best Practice: Qualified worker inspecting electrical gear with ultrasonic probe

  1. Identify the hazard and implement responsible engineering controls to mitigate those hazards where possible.
  2. When possible create an electrically safe work condition. See OSHA.gov for more best practices information.
  3. Establish boundaries to keep all workers safe from shock and arc flash.
  4. Have an up to date one line diagram.
  5. Do not take short cuts.
  6. Inspect the equipment for installation condition before each task.
  7. Conduct a job hazard risk analysis before each task.
  8. Test the meter before each use on a known live circuit of the same voltage to be tested.
  9. Inspect and wear the appropriate arc rated PPE for all tasks when live voltage is involved.
  10. Inspect and field test electrically insulated gloves before each use.
  11. Have the arc rated insulated rubber gloves dialectically tested every 6 months as OSHA requires.
  12. Remove all metal objects such as tools, pens, jewelry or keys from your daily wear before donning arc rated PPE .
  13. Use arc rated insulated tools ALWAYS when working with live equipment.
  14. Receive up to date arc flash and personal protective equipment awareness training not to exceed three years as the standard requires.
  15. Use the “Left Hand Rule” – Proper Disconnect Operation
    • Stand to the right of the switch, not in front of the box.
    • Grab the disconnect with your LEFT hand.
    • Turn your body and face away from the switch.
    • Close your eyes.
    • Take a deep breath and hold it.
    • Then “throw” the disconnect lever

For more information on best practices or a safety audit consultation, contact Facility Results (info@facilityresults.com).

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