Keeping Safety Tips Top of Mind

Monday, January 19th, 2015

By Dennis K. Neitzel, CPE, CESCP
Director Emeritus
AVO Training Institute

Adherence to the following basic inspection and safety tips can help avoid serious – or even life-threatening – injuries while working with electrical equipment and systems. Important safety tips to help avoid injuries include, but are not limited to:

  • Identify the electrical shock and arc flash hazards as well as other hazards that may be present
  • Use the right tools for the job
  • Isolate equipment from energy sources
  • Test every circuit and every conductor every time before you touch it
  • Work on electrical equipment and conductors only when de-energized
  • Torn off, try, test, lockout/tagout, and ground before working on equipment
  • Treat de-energized electrical equipment and conductors as energized until proper lockout/tagout, test, and ground procedures are implemented
  • Wear protective clothing and equipment, and use insulated tools for electrical hazards
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