According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employers reported over 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries in 2016. Installing electrical systems in hazardous locations increases your chance of falling victim to a serious accident. How can electrical workers protect themselves while working in potentially dangerous conditions?
Hazardous locations are defined in Article 500 of the National Electrical Code (NEC). The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) recognizes three classes of hazardous conditions electrical workers may encounter.
Identifying a hazardous location can be tricky. Some flammable gases have no smell and may not be detected without specialized equipment. In some environments, conditions can change from safe to hazardous with little warning.
Some common hazardous locations electrical workers might find themselves in include:
It’s important for an electrical worker to access the possible hazards of a location before work begins. This allows them to choose the proper safety equipment and decide which protocols to follow.
Workers can use these tips to reduce their chance of an accident while installing electrical equipment in potentially flammable conditions.
An on-site training means a qualified instructor comes to your place of business. There are several advantages to this type of seminar.
Are you called to install or service electrical equipment in hazardous locations in your daily work? Learn how to work safely and efficiently in dangerous conditions at a 2-day seminar at NTT Training. The Hazardous Location Electrical Systems seminar will give you the knowledge to identify hazardous locations, spot design issues, understand and apply applicable codes, grounding, and bonding. Connect with us today to schedule your seat for our next on-site session.
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