How to Create an Electrically Safe Working Condition

This 2 minute safety training video covers: How to prevent an electrical accident, safe practices to follow when working around electricity, when to use lockout/tagout procedure, importance of wearing PPE, how to establish an arc flash boundary , how to properly label an arc flash boundary and what other precautions should be taken before testing an equipment. This clip was taken from a full-length training video. Click here to watch the 16 minute full length version.

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Electricity is so common in our homes and workplaces that we normally don't think twice about using it. But electricity kills and injures thousands of people every year, so it's important to understand its hazards and know how to avoid them.

Electricity poses two major hazards to people who work with it. The most intense is arc flash, a violent release of electrical energy that causes severe injuries and fatalities. The second is shock, which can cause burns, internal injuries, cardiac arrest and even be fatal.

Atlantic Training's new training on Arc Flash focuses on what arc flash is, its hazards and how employees can avoid it on the job. The program provides practical procedures employees can use to protect themselves from electric shock, as well..

This Arc Flash NFPA 70E Training DVD Covers:

Video Transcript

Before workers approach exposed electrical conductors or circuit parts that have not been placed in a safe work condition. The flash hazard analysis must be performed. The analysis should determine the flash protection boundary and label a personal protective equipment the worker must wear. A flash protection boundary is the distance from the energized part from which the worker could sustain a curable burn as a result of the arcing fault. Some electricians and maintenance person will say they always work on de-energized conditions so protection is not really needed. How does an employee know it is de-energized? To determine if it is in fact de-energized, the employee needs to test the absence of voltage using a voltage tester. To conduct this test, he or she must enter the prohibited or restricted area. To cross the prohibited approach boundary, the person conducting the work must have specific training, a documented plan justifying need for work within the restricted area, perform a hazard assessment, have a work plan and analysis approved by authorized person, wear PPE rated for the hazard. So to make the long story short, you need specific and authorized personal protective equipment when working on or near electrical equipment. We all have responsibilities when this dangerous work is performed on a daily basis. If work is conducted by a knowledgeable, trained electrical worker and he or she is wearing arc rated arc flash clothing suitable for the hazard of the task, every electrical worker can expect to return safely from work.