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Electrical safety work practices checklist

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2. Work practices

  • All live parts are deenergized before employees work on them, unless deenergizing increases hazards or is not possible because of equipment design or operational limitations.
  • If live parts are not deenergized, other practices are used to protect persons who may be exposed to electrical hazards.
  • These work practices do protect the body against direct contact with energized parts and against indirect contact through a conductive object.

3. Working On Or Near Exposed Deenergized Parts

  • If an employee has contact with parts of fixed electrical equipment or circuits that have been deenergized, the circuits energizing the parts have been locked and/or tagged.
  • A written copy of electrical safety procedures (including lockout and tagging) ia available for inspection.
  • Safe procedures are determined before circuits or equipment are deenergized.
  • The circuits and equipment to be worked on are disconnected from all energy sources.
  • Stored, hazardous electric energy has been released.
  • Stored nonelectrical energy in devices that could reenergize electric circuit parts is blocked or relieved enough to prevent circuit parts from being accidentally energized by the device.
  • A lock and tag placed on each disconnecting means is used to deenergize circuits and equipment.
  • The lock is attached so no one can operate the disconnecting means.
  • Each tag does have a statement prohibiting unauthorized operation of the disconnecting means and removal of the tag.
  • When a tag is used without a lock, at least one additional safety measure is used that provides a level of safety equivalent to that obtained from a lock.
  • A lock is placed without a tag when only one circuit or piece of equipment is deenergized.
  • A lock is placed without a tag when the lockout period does not extend beyond the work day.
  • A lock is placed without a tag when employees exposed to the hazards associated with reenergizing the circuit or equipment are familiar with this procedure.
  • A qualified person verifies that the equipment cannot be restarted. This requirement has met before any circuit or equipment can be considered deenergized.
  • A qualified person verifies that the circuit elements and electric parts of equipment to which students or employees will be exposed are deenergized. The qualified person must also determine whether any energized conditions exist as a result of inadvertently induced voltage or unrelated voltage feedback (even though parts of the circuit have been deenergized and presumed to be safe). This requirement has met before any circuit or equipment can be considered deenergized.
  • A qualified person verifies that all tools, electrical jumpers, shorts, grounds, and other such devices have been removed so that the circuits and equipment can be safely energized. This requirement has met before circuits or equipment are reenergized, even temporarily.
  • Persons exposed to the hazards associated with reenergizing the circuit or equipment are warned to stay clear of circuits and equipment. This requirement has met before circuits or equipment are reenergized, even temporarily.
  • Each lock and tag is removed by the person who applied it or under his or her direct supervision. However, if the person who applied the lock or tag is absent from the workplace, the lock or tag may be removed by a qualified person designated to perform this task provided that: 1. The person who applied the lock or tag is not available at the facility. 2. The person who applied the lock or tag is. This requirement has met before circuits or equipment are reenergized, even temporarily.
  • All persons are clear of the circuits and equipment.This requirement has met before circuits or equipment are reenergized, even temporarily.

4. Working On Or Near Exposed Energized Parts

  • Only qualified persons are permitted to work on electric circuit parts or equipment that have not been deenergized.
  • Employees are restricted from entering spaces containing exposed energized parts, unless illumination is provided that enables them to perform the work safely.
  • Employees are prevented from handling conductive materials and equipment that are in contact with the person’s body that may contact exposed energized conductors or circuit parts.
  • If employees must handle long-dimensional conductive objects (such as ducts and pipes) in areas with exposed live parts, work practices have been instituted (such as the use of insulation, guarding, and material handling techniques) that will minimize the hazard.
  • Portable ladders do have nonconducting siderails when they could contact exposed, energized parts.
  • The use of conductive articles of jewelry, clothing (such as watchbands, bracelets, rings, keychains, necklaces, metalized aprons, cloth with conductive threads, or metal head gear) is prohibited for persons working with electricity.
  • Employees are prohibited from performing housekeeping duties where live parts present an electrical contact hazard due to housekeeping duties that must be performed near such parts.
  • If employees do conduct housekeeping duties near live electrical circuits, adequate safeguards (such as insulating equipment or barriers) are used.