When we think ‘electrical safety’ we mostly think of the things in and around our home. After all, those are where the things and places most important to us are located.
That being said – we tend to use the most electrical items at work, not at home. Whether it’s devices, computers, lights, you name it – the chances are you’re spending more time around electricity at work than at home and being safe there is just as important as being safe in your own dwelling.
Today, we’re going to discuss some safety tips for you to consider in the workplace and what you can do to make sure you avoid an accident at all costs. Let’s jump right in!
Be aware of your workspace
If you’re working at a desk there’s a few things to consider. First, make sure you’re not overloading outlets and always using grounded connections. Make sure you don’t have power strips connected to other power strips and the like. Make sure you’re not running over wires with your chair or that you’re not sitting next to any that might be frayed or ripped up. All of these could be potentially dangerous.
Have a workplace safety plan
Every workplace should have (but many don’t) an electrical workplace safety plan. Check with yours to see if they have one and if they don’t – be sure to press them on it. This should include awareness of electrical hazards and how employees can be self-directed when it comes to identifying potential problem areas. It should include things like risk evaluation and how to recognize hazards. Most importantly – it should have safe work procedures, tools and if necessary – protective equipment on hand for you.
Prevention usually begins with proper planning- so make sure your workplace has one in place.
Be aware of yourself and your surroundings
This really falls under the ‘use common sense’ clause of your contract! Don’t use anything with electricity near water. Be careful of your coffee and drinks. And most important of all – don’t ignore warning signs! If something doesn’t feel right, feels excessively warm or you smell something burning – alert someone and get help immediately!
Depending on where you work, you might have potential hazards all around you. Be mindful, be conscious of what’s happening and what the potential for risk might be for a given action. Above all else – have a plan! Good luck and stay safe!