How to Improve Electrical Safety

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Avoid hazards with these suggestions

BY ROB PROSSER & DANIELLE GALLO, Brady

With an increase in accidents and injuries occurring in a variety of industries, employers are looking for ways to reduce hazards and improve safety within their facilities. Even with a plethora of information available to supervisors, the inundation of all of these safety recommendations can be overwhelming and can result in even the most basic of mistakes. If you or your employees can relate, it is important to go back to the basics and review the most common issues contributing to electrical risks within facilities.

DE-ENERGIZE ALL EQUIPMENT
The most surefire way to eliminate electrical hazards is to de-energize equipment before working, testing or repairing systems. Many additional components that will be discussed throughout this issue’s Electrical Safety Essentials increase protection or reduce incidents, but electrical hazards can still post a risk if you do not de-energize. Until equipment and systems are placed in an electrically safe working condition, electrical hazards pose an extremely high risk.

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