Electrical Safety Tools Inspection
Inspecting Electrical Safety Tools can help prevent injury. The best times to inspect the electrical safety tools is to check it for damage before each use. One good way to do that is by examining the switches to see if they are damaged or if they have faulty trigger locks. Also, examining the electrical safety tool for cracks and signs of other damage is another good way to practice good electrical safety. Furthermore, checking cords for defects such as fraying, cracking and other kinds of wear and tear helps to keep anyone who uses electrical safety tools in the future safe.
Handling Defective Electrical Safety Tools
If electrical safety tools are defective, immediately stop using them and mark them, “out of service for repair.” Avoid even using the temporarily; replace an electrical safety tool immediately to prevent injury. Also keep in mind that all defective electrical safety tools should be repaired by a qualified service person.
Electrical Safety Tools – Tips Before Operation
As mentioned earlier, only qualified people should be using electrical safety tools. Consult the operator’s manual if doubt on usage exists and operate the electrical safety tool based on the manufacturer’s instructions.
Check electrical safety tools for the correct shield, guard or any other manufacturer-recommended attachment and ensure that any used electric tool is approved and tested. Also, check that any used electrical safety tool has a three-prong plug (for proper grounding) and have two levels of insulation with appropriate labeling so that users are protected from electrical shock. Three-pronged plugs should be plugged into three-pronged outlets. Never take off the third, grounding prong to fit the plug into a two-pronged outlet. Finally, ensure that the electrical tool is turned off before plugging it into a power supply.
Electrical Hand Tool Precautions During Operation
Ensure that you wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for any required work. PPE items could include electrical safety shoes, electrical safety glasses, dust masks, or electrical safety gloves.
Tips to Avoid Electrical Safety Tool Dangers
When you’re finished using the tool, turn the power off by flicking the switch and then taking out the plug. You could find yourself victim to an electric shock if you pull out the plug while electrical safety tools are still in operation. Also, remove the power cord gently and don’t jerk it from the outlet. Ensure that the power is off and unplugged; don’t leave the power on unattended. If you’re operating an electrical safety tool in wet conditions, use a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) connection to avoid electric shock. Don’t operate any electrical tool without one or expose the electric tool to damp conditions or rain.
There are many more electrical safety precautions that exist than what was covered in this article, so ensure to check the manufacturer’s label and follow all suggested instructions. Safety first.