Shocking Connections

Electricity is important to our everyday work environment. It powers our tools and office spaces. But the dangers surrounding poor electrical maintenance can present some real hazards. Take some time out and shine some light on the electrical components in your work area. A good inspection of the below components can help you ensure hazards are reduced.

Power Cords
Let’s start by inspecting the cords. If you look around your shop, you will see that many of your machines and tools are powered by cords. Inspect each cord for evidence of frayed or exposed wiring, cracks, and tears. Cords should not be wrapped in electrical tape, since this can hide cracks. Insulation for the cords should be in good condition and the plug should have a grounding prong.

Extension Cords
In addition to ensuring that the cords are in good condition, the location of the power cords should be examined. Cords should not be stretched. In addition, multiple extension cords should not be plugged together (also known as piggy backing). And finally, make sure that extension cords are not being utilised as permanent wiring.

Outlets

Electrical outlets should be in good condition. Outlets should not be located near water sources. If wet environments are a potential (such as bathroom sinks and breakroom counters), GFCI outlets should be installed and tested on a regular basis. In addition, outlets should have an outlet cover and not have any exposed wiring.

There are many regulations that surround the use of electricity in the workplace. But, it does not have to be overwhelming. By keeping cords, wiring, and outlets in good condition, many issues and hazards can be prevented.