The Electrical Safety Working Group uses the following principles to implement the Electrical Safety Program.
Identify the Hazard
Each job must identify and focus on the Electrical Shock and Electrical Arc Flash Hazard.
Eliminate the Hazard (whenever possible)
The energized electrical work and potentially hazardous switching will be reviewed to determine if the hazard can be removed by design or by establishing an electrically safe work condition.
Control the Hazard
When the electrical hazard cannot be eliminated by design or by establishing an electrically safe work condition, it will be controlled by qualified personnel using a well-defined electrically safe work or electrical switching procedure.
Minimize the Severity of Potential Injuries
The severity of injuries when a potential hazard gets out of control during the execution of energized electrical work or potentially hazardous switching will be minimized by:
- Wearing the correct personnel protective equipment.
- Minimizing the number of personal potentially exposed to the hazard within the arc flash hazard boundary to only those persons necessary to perform the work.
Maximize the ability to recover from an injury
- The ability to recover from an injury is maximized by:
- The use of a second qualified person for Class A and a standby person for class B, W, X and Y energized electrical work and electrical switching. Refer to S-056 Appendix “B”.
- The use of radios to communicate the status of the work.
- Standby personnel qualified in the use of CPR.