Electrical Safety & PPE

Electrical Safety & PPE:  How safe is your overhead power equipment?

Take the necessary steps to implement the proper protection to keep animals away.  Electrical Safety & PPE is as important to us as it is to the facilities we work at.  A critter went phase to ground on a pole mounted reclosure that caused damage to the overhead power equipment at a local facility.  Animal protection, such as an “animal guard” could have prevented this from occurring.  These kinds of outages can be prevented with the proper protection.  Take the necessary steps to implement the proper protection to keep animals away and help protect valuable equipment and downtime.

Reclosure

Reclosure

Reclosure damage      Close up view

Personal protective equipment, insulating gloves and sleeves.

Insulating gloves and sleeves are critical PPE for electrical work.  Especially when working on or near exposed energized parts. (Ref. OSHA 1910.269).

Testing and Inspection:

Gloves and sleeves must be electrically tested before being issued for use.  they must also be visually inspected, and gloves need to be air tested for any possible defects, including cuts, holes, tears, embedded objects or changes in texture.  The best practice is to inspect PPE and air test the gloves and sleeves before each use. (Ref. OSHA 1910.137).