Electricians perform some of the most important tasks in the world. They service all kinds of properties and electrical applications such as working on utility poles, electrical systems that keep towns and cities’ lights on and things of that nature. This is why there are best practices they should follow. Some of the best practices include:
Following An Electrical Safety Program
It doesn’t matter if an electrician works for themselves or for a company or runs a company, an electrical safety program should be established and should be followed to the T. Whoever the employer is, is the one responsible for creating such a program. The program must be put into practice, but before that happens the program has to be developed, well thought-out and documented. In order to create and implement an electrical safety program, all employees at all levels should be involved with the creation of it or should put their input in.
A key element to an electrical safety program is training, which OSHA requires in regards to electrical safety practices at work. Both unqualified and qualified people need to be trained. You can research OSHA training courses and programs in your area and then enroll yourself and/or your employees.
Electricians must be aware of electrical hazards at all times, regardless of how easy or complex the job they are working on is. Electrical safety principle is something all electricians need to be familiar with. This includes understanding arc flash, shock and arc blast.
Electrical shock is quite well known, but there are many electricians who are new that don’t fully understand the hazards associated with electrical arching fault. The blast and flash that can result from it can cause severe injuries and burns. In fact, thousands of people suffer electrical burns as a result of electrical arcing fault.
Procedures & Tools
When it comes to best practices, electricians need to fully understand work procedures and they need to use proper equipment. Before electrical work is undertaken, the electrician needs to know what the plan of action is. They’ll also want to review work procedures and update them whenever necessary.
It is crucial to maintain a safe working environment when it comes to electrical work. For hazardous work, electricians will usually need a written procedure and documentation that details things such as a checklist of tasks and shock approach boundaries to name a few.
Another best practice is design considerations. One consideration is isolating the circuit. Using equipment designed for isolation purposes, such as to perform preventative maintenance or for repairs, is crucial in regards to electrical safety. This is just one of the many examples of design considerations that come with the job, but an electrician will want to consider design on any job they are working on.
Whether you work as an electrician or plan on becoming one, it’s a good idea to know the best practices to follow. Do keep in mind the above practices are only a few of the many. However, they are a few of the most important ones.