Where do you start? Will your program be based on de-energized work only? Will a lockout/tag-out program be enforced? How will employees choose the right tools and PPE for the job? Who’s “Qualified” for electrical work and who’s not? What’s documented and where does it go? Your electrical safety program is required to identify the principles upon which it is based and the controls by which it is measured and monitored. NFPA 70E®, the “how-to” guide for OSHA compliance, outlines the fundamentals of an electrical safety program in 110.7 can help but AVO Training’s Safety Program Developers can get you on the right track.
All tasks in your facility that involve exposure to electrical hazards must have a specific procedure. Not just procedures for accomplishing the task, procedures for accomplishing the task safely. Will employees use an energized work permit? The electrical safety program must have a procedure that can be used by employees to assess the hazards and risks associated with each task.