"Arc flash won't happen to me. I can go without protective gloves just this once. All I have to do is flip this one switch. It'll be fine."
These are all common thoughts about potentially hazardous circumstances in the workplace. Thousands of electrical workers are injured or even die annually, due to hazardous work conditions, lack of training and improper use of electrical equipment. Being informed about electrical safety is the key to avoiding dangerous, even life-threatening conditions while at work. Electrical safety training with expert professionals is the best way to stay educated and aware of the risks and safety measures involved, in order to ensure optimal electrical safety.
It is vital for the safety of all employees for supervisors and company owners to take electrical safety measures seriously and follow every standard set for ensuring safety. Understanding the importance of proper training for working around electricity can be the difference between life and death in the workplace. When considering electrical safety training, here are some things to keep in mind to help make the best choice:
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employees to be trained to recognize and protect themselves from specific electrical hazards. Standards have been set by OSHA for companies and organizations to follow when managing a workforce involving electricity. When these standards are not met, companies can be found non-compliant and face penalties. e-Hazard offers the most up-to-date training with the world's foremost experts related to regulations and compliance.
The industry standards of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in its 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace are the basis for OSHA regulations. OSHA refers to these standards when developing regulations for the CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) pertaining to federal labor laws.
Injuries to personnel, damage to facilities and insurance expenses alone will cost a company more than the preventative measure of providing proper training for key workforce members. Electrical safety training is a lasting resource, giving personnel the knowledge they need to train workers, write procedures, maintain compliance and avoid fees and penalties. In the long run, training now prevents high costs later.
As electrical safety standards and procedures advance with the development of new equipment, new research and new protocol it is vital for work force members to stay aware of the changes. Electrical safety training with the subject matter experts at e-Hazard is the most effective resource for gaining current and applicable information about new standards and requirements to stay safe and compliant.
Just because you have taken a course in the past does not ensure your certification indefinitely. There are requirements for certification through NFPA 70E both for individual workers and companies to remain compliant. Taking regular courses, including low voltage refresher and high voltage refresher is the only way to maintain electrical safety certification.