The workplace is where we spend an enormous part of the day and almost all workplaces are filled with electrical appliances. These appliances if not well managed can lead to workplace hazards which defeat the aim of everyone getting back home safe and in one piece. Although the most frequent workplace accidents are tripping on slippery surfaces or falling from heights, some workplace accidents are electrically related as most of the office appliances are electrically powered. Accidents like shock, fire or burns may occur if proper care isn’t taken when handling and operating electrical appliances in the workplace. So, here are some tips for preventing workplace electrical hazards:
- Switch off outlets before pulling out the plugs. And whilst at this, do not pull the chords, grip the plugs instead, this will prevent tearing and parks which may lead to a fire.
- Do not put outlets or extensions on pedestrian walkways to avoid a fall. Someone might get entangled in the chord and trip over. Avoid twisting, binding and walking on chords.
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- Check switches and electrical outlets regularly before use. Be sure to switch off the sockets and disconnect chords from the machines before taking it for servicing or repairs.
- Do not ignore the warning signs: if the machine or equipment starts to feel unnecessarily hot or making funny noises, do not hesitate to switch it off, put them out in a safe place and label them NOT SAFE.
- Do not overuse an electrical outlet. This may cause a spark which may lead to an electrical fire. Even when using a surge protector, make sure the electrical load is not too much for the circuit.
- Remember, water and electricity do not mix. Do not use electrical appliances near water or wet surfaces. It is also important that you dry your hands when wet before using an electrical appliance to avoid shock.
- Use only equipment that is properly grounded and approved by a safety laboratory. Never plug in more than one high-wattage appliance at a time.
- Be sure to switch off and unplug all electrical appliances when not in use and at the end of the workday. This may help prevent unforeseen electrical hazard when no one is available but also save energy.
- In case of an electrical fire, do not use water to put out the fire, you may get electrocuted. If you do not have a fire extinguisher, you can use baking soda to put out the fire.