Five Key Elements for Electrical Safety Hazard Reduction

three workers discussing job planning in manufacturing facility

Five elements that will launch electrical safety hazard reduction in your company are featured in a recent article in Facility Safety Management.

It is possible to accomplish these in a relatively short amount of time.

  1. Determining qualifications of the electrical worker
  2. Providing appropriate electrical safety training
  3. Incorporating an electrical safety program
  4. Following a job planning process
    (such as the example in Informative Annex I: Job Briefing and Planning Checklist in NFPA 70E – 2018)
  5. Performing an arc flash study and shock risk assessment

In my article, recently published in Facility Safety Management, March 2018, I point out that safety programs can take years to develop. Companies cannot afford to spend that much time developing those programs when lives are at stake. The goals in safety are to prevent injuries and fatalities as well as protect the equipment in the plants. Working toward these safety goals, employers can avoid OSHA citations and possible costly litigation proceedings and outcomes. Above all, employers will enable workers to go home to their loved ones at the end of the work day.

The e-Hazard Safety Cycle™

Our electrical safety cycle may be applied across all aspects of electrical safety and offers a complete picture to help companies understand how to grow and maintain their electrical safety program. It is an adaptation of the Deming/Ishikawa Plan, Do, Check and Act model.  Our Cycle specifically addresses electrical safety and serves as a solid foundation for continuous improvement in the safety process.

Read about each specific part of Safety Cycle:

Zarheer Jooma

Zarheer Jooma

A registered Professional Electrical Engineer, Zarheer brings a unique perspective to the classroom having helped develop SANS 724—the South African National Standard for Protective Equipment against the Thermal Hazards of an Electrical Arc. Read more about Zarheer.

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