Electrical Safety in the Workplace
In the workplace, electrical equipment can cause shocks, burns, or even electrocution. Ungrounding electrical equipment, bare wires, and live parts can all allow fault current to travel through the body. Even tools and equipment that are grounded can become hazardous under rough treatment. Therefore, employees must learn about the dangers associated with these hazards, and safety training is the best way to ensure that they are adequately protected.
Electricity at work regulations are a set of rules for safe electrical use in the workplace. They build on the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and require employers to assess risks and implement appropriate measures to prevent or minimise harm. Employers must also comply with the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, which require employers to assess the risks to employee health and safety associated with working with electricity. There are several ways to achieve compliance, including auditing, training, and compliance with the regulations.
To avoid an electrical accident, employees should always understand how electricity works and how to avoid electrical hazards. Personal protective equipment should be worn at all times, including when cleaning or servicing machines. Cords should be kept free from kinks and must not cross carpets or doorways. Moreover, extension cords should be used only when necessary, and they should not be plugged in simultaneously. Additionally, the cords should never come into contact with water or damp surfaces.