I Am My Father's Daughter
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I Am My Father's Daughter

Growing up in a house full of girls, I unofficially took on the role as my father's only son. So when the time came to fix a leaky sink or change the oil in the family car, it was me that stood by my father's side. Thanks to him and everything he taught me, I am now able to take care of myself and my children in a way that not everyone can. I have tried over the years to engage my own daughter in the same way my father engaged me, but she's currently more interested in playing with dolls than fixing potholes. After my father passed away last year, I vowed to find a way to pass on everything he taught me, this blog is my way of keeping that promise. I truly hope that you learn as much as I have over the years.

I Am My Father's Daughter

Electrical Safety Tips for the Workplace

Beatrice Reid

Whether you operate a factory, warehouse or office building, worker safety should always be of paramount concern. In any workplace that uses electricity, electrocution is always a possibility. If mishandled, electricity can start fires, damage property, injure workers and even kill them. This is why it's so important for your business to have policies in place to reduce the chance of any electrical accidents. The following points will help you when you're trying to do this.

  1. Only fully trained and certified electricians should be allowed to work on electrical equipment.
  2. These personnel should always wear insulated leather and rubber gloves, insulated boots and other protective gear when working with electricity.
  3. All lights, machines, tools and other equipment in your facility should be inspected by an electrician to ensure that they are operating safely and according to code.
  4. All equipment cords and extension cords should be in good condition. In addition, their electrical rating should match the way you are using them.
  5. Three-prong plugs should always be plugged into three-prong receptacles. Never attempt to bypass this safety feature by cutting off the grounding prong.
  6. Ensure that all electrical connections and grounding wires are tight-fitting and unbroken. 
  7. Look for abraded spots on electrical wires or cords that could cause a shock.
  8. Any electrical equipment located in damp areas should be run through GFCIs (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters). This is one of your most important defenses against electrocution.
  9. All circuit breakers and wiring should be rated for the load being put on them. Overloading circuits and wires can result in a fire.
  10. Receptacle boxes and electrical control panels should always be closed or covered when not being used or worked on.
  11. Avoid working with any uninsulated wires and electrical equipment that is not properly grounded.
  12. Wear insulated boots or shoes while working on damp surfaces.
  13. Never wear metal jewelry that can potentially make contact with an electric current.
  14. Always use electrically-powered equipment in the way the manufacturer intended it to be used.
  15. Immediately stop using and report any defective or damaged electrical equipment or tools.
  16. Ensure that any machinery gears or belts are operating smoothly. Otherwise, excessive tension could generate a power overload.
  17. Check over safety equipment to be certain that it is in good condition. Also make sure it is easy to get to and that you have enough of it for all the personnel that need it.

Electrical hazards are one of the most serious safety concerns in any workplace. By following the safety tips laid out above, you can significantly reduce the chance of any of your workers experiencing an injury due to an electrical mishap. Talk to companies like Art's Electric to further ensure that your workplace is safe for electricity.