Safety Tips to Control Risk For Electrical Tools

Safety Tips to Control Risk For Electrical Tools

Working with electrical equipment and tools by itself is a job of high risk; however, following the basic safety rules do not guarantee a safe working environment. The nature of electrical equipment and tools is such that extra caution must be taken when working with and around these objects.

The risks of working carelessly with electrical equipment and tools are far more than simply risking injury, careless behaviour around electrical tools may even lead to death.

By following ten golden safety rules, you can ensure that you are extra cautious and safe when working with tools and equipment of electrical nature.

It is important to keep your own safety as a priority when working with such tools and equipment.

Rule No 1:

The first basic and important rule to keep in mind is to always avoid any contact; direct or indirect contact, with energized electrical circuits. This does not simply apply to the rule of not touching electrical wires and circuits with wet hands.

Any simply contact with energized electrical circuits could be dangerous. It is important to remember to de-energize electrical circuits when working with overhead power lines, and keep a distance in general with energized power lines and circuits.

Rule No 2:

Use tools with non-conducting handles when working with electrical tools. While this rule might sound too obvious to state, it is still a rather important one. Electrical energy flows freely and easily through the human body, as the human body by itself is a good conductor of electricity.

However, when working with tools of an electrical nature, it is important to remember to always use tools which have non-conducting handles. The handles could be made of wood or plastic or any other material which is not a good conductor of electricity. This ensures that you do not risk an electric shock when working with electrical tools.

Rule No 3:

Take off all forms of metal off your body when working with electrical equipment. Many people are often unmindful of the rings, bracelets or any other type of accessory they have on their bodies when working with electrical equipment.

It is very easy to shock yourself when being unmindful and use objects of metallic nature when dealing with electrical equipment.

Rule No 4:

Wear proper protective gear when handling electrical objects. This is something which most of us grow up hearing; but a golden rule of thumb is to never touch electrical objects with wet hands.

However, when working on an everyday basis with electrical tools and equipment, it is important to wear non-conducting, protective gloves and gear. This simply keeps you safe when working around electrical objects for extended periods of time.

Rule No 5:

Try and avoid using electrical equipment in rooms with condensation.

This rule also applies to cold rooms. As much as possible, avoid using electrical equipment and tools in cold rooms and rooms which experience condensation. This is simply because the water droplets of condensation can put you at a risk of injuring yourself with the electrical tool.

If it is absolutely necessary, use the electrical tool by mounting it on a vertical panel or a wall.

Rule No 6:

How to clean up a spill from any kind of electrical equipment? In case you spill water or any other liquid on electrical equipment, the first instinct might be to simply wipe it off with your hands or a cloth.

However, this could lead to grave injuries due to the liquid conducting the electricity and shocking you. When cleaning up a spill, remember to first turn off the power and cut off all electrical supply from the equipment before cleaning it up.

Rule No 7:

What to do during an emergency situation if someone else is in shock? A situation might arise where someone else has come into harmful contact with an electrical equipment and is having a shock.

However, the most important thing to do in this situation is to remain calm and not try and directly touch the person to help them. First turn off the power from the electrical breaker and only then try to help the person, or you run the risk of getting an electric shock yourself.

Rule No 8:

If an electrical equipment starts acting abnormal where you feel a very low amplitude of electricity, or a ‘tingle’ when you are working with it, send it for repair immediately, before the intensity of electrical shock increases and you or someone else is hurt by it.

Rule No 9:

How to touch electrical tools? If it is absolutely necessary to come into direct contact with an electrical tool, a simple rule to remember is to touch the equipment with the back of your hand instead of using your palm.

This is to ensure that even if the electrical equipment causes a shock, which would inevitably lead to muscle contraction, you are able to dislodge yourself from the electrical tool instead of getting ‘frozen’ or stuck to it.

Rule No 10:

Do not keep flammable liquids of items near an electrical tool. However obvious this rule might seem, it is still an important one to add to the list of golden rules. Always keep highly flammable liquids far away from electrical tools to avoid any kind of accidents.

Following these 10 golden safety rules can protect you as well as others when working in a company such as Test and Tag company where one would be working with with electrical tools and equipment.

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