Safety has always been a priority at E1 Electrical. As a proud member of the Alberta Construction Safety Association and awarded with a Workplace Safety Certificate of Recognition (COR), E1 knows that every electrician’s top priority is to get the job done right for the customer and return home safely at the end of each day. That’s why we’ve collaborated with E1 to bring these 5 safety tips every electrical company should follow.
- Ensure no live work is done
Always disconnect the power source before working with any kind of electrical equipment. At E1 Electrical, it is company policy that no live work is done under any circumstances. Lock out tag out safety work practices (SWP) and safety job procedures (SJP) are made available to all workers and are made part of their training. Not only should the power source be shut off but it should also be padlocked shut as well.
- Wear the right PPE
The biggest risks for electricians are electric shock and burn. Wearing proper personal protective equipment (PPE) onsite is vital and can be the deciding factor between a serious injury or a minor incident. The type of PPE electricians wear differ from job to job but E1 Electrical requires their workers to wear CSA Grade 1 safety boots, long pants, minimum 4” sleeves, CSA approved hard hats, safety glasses and a high visibility safety vest at all times on the job site.
- Use the right tools
Electricians must be extremely careful with the type of tools used on a job site. The wrong tool can lead to serious accidents. Employees should use only quality tools that are in good condition. E1 Electrical has a strict policy to maintain all tools, vehicles and equipment in a condition that will maximize the safety of all personnel. Their maintenance schedule includes inspection and service dates. If a piece of equipment is found to be unfit for service, it cannot be used by any worker. It is then tagged as “defective” and not returned to the tool crib. Lastly, when dealing with electrical devices, insulated tools are a must. PPE and insulated electrical tools go hand-in-hand to prevent electricity from flowing into a worker’s body.
- Proper Training
It is critical that workers are trained properly and aware of company protocols before being exposed to the job site. Ensure the onboarding process is up-to-date with safety procedures and always allow new employees to ask questions.
- Certified Safety Procedures
It is important for all electrical companies to recognize potential dangerous activities and have clear written procedures to ensure safety onsite. COR is awarded to employers in Alberta who develop health and safety programs that meet standards established by Occupational Health and Safety (OHS). This process not only proves to employees and partners that the company cares but it has added cost benefits as well. COR companies have reduced injury rates, worker’s compensation premiums, legal risks, property damage and lost productivity. For some markets, COR is mandatory for suppliers so maintaining the certification also opens up more job opportunities. Visit https://www.alberta.ca/get-certificate-recognition.aspx to get started and take a look at E1 Electrical’s safety manual here for how to create safety procedures.