When your facility needs electrical work done, make sure you hire a licensed contractor. Electrical hazards can result in serious injury or death and should be performed by a professional. When conducting electrical work, make sure the following documents and procedures are in place:
Electrical Safety Program
A critical component to electrical safety is an established electrical safety program. This program should be comprehensive, documented, and followed. Every electrical safety program should include:
- Identification of hazard and risk evaluation procedures.
- Identification of electrically safe work procedures, tools, and personal protective equipment.
- Identification of electrical safety principals
- Awareness of electrical hazards
Understanding and identifying shock, arc flash, and arc blast are important to keep electrical workers safe. Electrical shock is quite common and well known. However, many workers may not be aware of the hazards presented by an electrical arcing fault and the resulting arc flash and arc blast, which cause severe electrical burns. More than 2,000 people in the United States each year get electrical burns from improper procedures. All electrical hazards must be identified in the workplace before work begins.
Work Procedures, Tools, and PPE
Electrical work must be planned before it is executed. All procedures should be reviewed, updated, improved, and modified as needed. A written procedure is usually required with documentation including a hazard/risk analysis detailing shock approach boundaries, flash hazard analysis, and a checklist of tasks. Having the appropriate tools and PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) must be available for certain tasks as well.
When electrical work is needed for your facility, contact MAC. We can perform many electrical services without risk to your facility or occupants. MAC is a contractor Kansas City property and facility managers have trusted for more than 25 years. MAC can help you with any facility repair, remodeling, custom cabinetry or electrical project. Contact us today for a free consultation.