Keeping Up With Electrical Services – Occupational Health and Safety

Keep up to date with electrical services

What many companies may not understand is that electrical safety training is required for all staff, not just those who perform electrical work.

Meeting maintenance requirements is essential for any industrial or commercial enterprise. Electrical maintenance is one of the essential requirements for performance and safety. Businesses must also keep abreast of changes in electrical requirements.

Equipment performance and safety
Preventive maintenance is just that, the necessary service steps to avoid breakdowns. You can tell when you have a plumbing leak, but the electricity cannot be seen. Often the only way to notice a problem is when a failure occurs. After-the-fact repairs are more expensive than simple preventative measures.

Repairing a wiring problem that causes an engine to overheat is less expensive than replacing the engine and wiring, and lost production time. Something as simple as a loose connection can create intermittent equipment failure. A technician can spend hours trying to find a mechanical fault when the real problem is not with the equipment, but with the power to the equipment.

Power outages can interrupt business and industrial operations. Time spent diagnosing and correcting the problem, or time spent waiting for new parts, is production time and money wasted. Failures due to overheating or short circuits can also lead to a fire, which could shut down your facility completely. Comprehensive electrical service maintenance covers everything from switchgear to outlets and control panels.

Employee safety
In addition to production issues, employers are responsible for the safety of company workers. Frayed wires or broken insulation are accidents that await an opportunity. The same wires that have come loose over time can cause an electric shock or other injury. A worker can see non-functioning equipment and assume it is turned off. Machines that restart suddenly can trap the employee.

Another hazard is improper grounding or broken ground connections. The lack of a strong bond to earth can cause problems ranging from intermittent equipment failures to electrocution of a worker in a humid environment. Ground fault protection tests should be performed periodically. Without routine electrical service, you cannot know that potential dangers exist.

This article originally appeared in the October 2015 issue of Occupational Health and Safety.

Patricia D. Rutt