Electrical safety training is often seen as just an expense, a requirement to be addressed as minimally as possible. This viewpoint does not take the full picture into account. Investing in safety training has far-reaching benefits. It will result in better production efficiency and less downtime due to electrical accidents, with the further effect of reducing workers’ compensation expenses. Higher employee retention and a stable workforce are added benefits for companies with strong health and safety policies.
No one has downtime on the job these days, but this is not a valid excuse to skip training. It is better to do some creative scheduling for training than to have production held up while dealing with the fallout from an incident and the subsequent investigation, repairs, etc.
“Training isn’t in the budget” is a common refrain as companies seek to keep overhead low. Often the bulk of a safety budget is dedicated to required equipment. However, a single incident has consequences that ripple well beyond the safety budget, straight to the bottom line.
Safety practices have evolved dramatically in the past 20 years. OSHA requires training on hazardous operations, and the NFPA 70E requires follow-up training at a minimum of every 3 years. This law makes it more important than ever to stay up to date on the latest safety standards.
Understanding that you do need an Electrical Safety Program is the first step in the right direction. Learning the law, the guiding consensus standards, and current industry best practices is the next step. Allowing us to help you break down the daunting task of writing an ESP will save you time and headaches.
The goal of an arc flash study is to ensure your company is in compliance with regulations relating to arc flash hazards. Why is this important? Arc flash hazards can be present at any voltage - not just high voltage - and your workers need to know how to protect themselves. Will an arc flash study be expensive? Yes, it will. But consider some of the benefits of this expense...
What are your workers doing well? What are they NOT doing well? Are your managers implementing training? Are you aware of any general electrical hazards, and do you have mitigating procedures in place for those hazards? Do you have documentation to back up your answers to these questions?
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