Toolbox Talk – Electrical Safety

Our today’s Toolbox Talk topic is Electrical safety.

PREPARATION: Get a defective cable or electric power tool so you can point out the faults to explain electrical safety.

Toolbox Talks - Electrical SafetySeveral accidents and near misses were reported which were caused by temporary electrical connections. A flash was observed in a hazardous area when a faulty cable was energized. Another time, a big flash and fire were seen from a starter of a portable pump. A roll of wire kept on top of a portable halogen fitting caught fire when this light was unknowingly kept switched on for a long time.
All these incidents were caused by unsafe acts or lack of awareness. These wake-up calls emphasize the importance of establishing strict procedures for connecting temporary power.

 

 

 

Explain the following point to describe the electrical safety toolbox talk:
    • All electrical equipment must be in good condition and inspected prior to use.
    • Make sure starters and connections of portable generator comply with KNPC standards for the respective area classification.
    • Make sure earth grounding should be provided to a portable generator as per KNPC standards.
    • Power supply to portable tools shall be connected only through an Earth leakage circuit breaker (ELCB).
    • All defective equipment & tools shall be promptly tagged and kept out of service
    • Electrical devices must have an industrial socket without cracks, cords must not be frayed, and no exposed, or taped over wiring. All joints shall be made with proper male & female sockets.
    • Electric cords must be kept out of the water and crude oil. Electrical cords must also be protected from fraying when used on platforms, laid over railings, etc.
    • No live power cables shall be laid across a road unless the traffic is completely blocked.
    •  Only armored / shielded power cables to be used
    • Portable electric tools should be double insulated.
    • All analysis and repair of electrical devices must be performed by a certified electrician.
    • Temporary connections must follow recognized standards. Placing the bare wire into outlets is strictly prohibited.
    • Only 24v hand lamps are permitted inside a confined space. Any floodlights shall be provided only through an Earth leakage circuit breaker (ELCB).
    • All floodlights used to shut down jobs must be explosion-proof and suitable for the area classification.
    •  Electrical hazard & Electrician Contact details Signage should be posted on the equipment & surrounding area.
Industrial male & female socket
Earth leakage circuit breaker (ELCB).
Earth Grounding

Author: Afnan Tajuddin

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