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Information about ElectricalSafety

Published on January 22, 2008

Author: Sebastiana

Source: authorstream.com

Slide1:  Facilities Management’s Environmental Health & Safety Division Presents… Slide2:  General Safety: Why Worry about Electricity? Main Causes of Electrical Accidents Electrical Emergencies: What to Do Slide3:  Electricity has long been recognized as a serious workplace hazard, exposing employees to such dangers as electrical shock, electrocution, fires, and explosions. Slide4:  Deaths: Electrocutions rank fourth (9%) in causes of industrial fatalities. What are the leading causes of electrical accidents?:  Unsafe Acts Unsafe Equipment Hazardous Environments What are the leading causes of electrical accidents? Slide6:  Failure to de-energize, lockout and tagout hazards during maintenance, repair or inspections Use of defective and unsafe tools Removing the third prong (ground pin) to make a 3-prong plug fit a 2-prong outlet Overloading outlets with too many appliances Slide7:  Using the attached electrical cord to raise or lower equipment Not verifying power is off when making repairs (ex: drilling into a 110-Volt a.c. line can kill) Working in an elevated position near overhead lines Slide8:  Failure to read and follow all safety signs, symbols and barriers Failure to use good housekeeping with respect to tools and work areas Slide9:  Un-inspected electrical tools Un-inspected portable extension cords Improper grounding (removal of third prong) Defective parts Slide10:  Overloaded outlets Faulty electric cording Caution: Be extremely careful around unfamiliar equipment and areas. Inspect all equipment, cords, switches, and components prior to each use. Slide11:  The following must be grounded: All refrigerators, clothes-washing machines, sump pumps, hand-held motor-operated tools and appliances Cord- and plug-connected appliances used in damp or wet locations Portable hand lamps Slide12:  All pull boxes, junction boxes, and fittings must be provided with covers. In completed installations, each outlet box must have a cover, faceplate, or fixture canopy. Slide13:  Flammable fumes, combustible dust , or excess oxygen can be ignited by a spark. (Use ventilation to minimize hazard.) Poor housekeeping:  blocked electrical boxes, flammable materials stored in equipment rooms, lack of proper hazard signs, excess clutter Slide14:  Wet working conditions: Never work with electricity if you or the work area have been exposed to wet weather. Check your surroundings: Make sure energized electrical parts cannot come in contact with you or anything that may come in contact with you. Make sure there are no trip hazards. Report Safety Problems Immediately to your Supervisor or to EH&S.:  Report Safety Problems Immediately to your Supervisor or to EH&S. Slide16:  Protect Yourself: NEVER use your bare hands to free a victim frozen by electric shock! Do not touch the person- they may be energized. Do not use a conductive tool to free the person. How to Respond Slide17:  Call 911 if the person: Is obviously injured Has an altered mental status Has other obvious injuries Or at your discretion or that of the shock victim or supervisor How to Respond, Cont’d… Slide18:  Check for: Pulse - If a person’s heart has stopped, start CPR if you are trained. Breathing - If the person isn’t breathing, begin mouth to mouth resuscitation if you are trained. Treat for Shock: Keep person lying down. If unconscious, turn on side so fluids can drain. Do not move the person if neck and spine injuries are possible. Slide19:  Stay with the patient until help arrives. Inform medical personnel of patient conditions. Continued… Office of Environmental Health & Safety:  Office of Environmental Health & Safety Facilities Management 521 S. Razorback Road 479-575-5448 http://uafphpl.uark.edu Campus Location: Telephone: Web Site:

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