It's important you take steps to control the risks from your use of electricity at work. This'll help you avoid costly penalties for failing to keep your employees safe.
But how do you do this?
Use these two steps to implement safe work procedures for electricity
Step #1: Assess the risk
Before you start, the first thing you must do is ensure your business has a certificate of compliance (COC).With this you'll know whether your current electrical installation was tested and whether it complies, says the Health&Safety Advisor.
This will form part of your risk assessment. You also need to ensure an accredited electrical company, registered with the Electrical Contracting Board of South Africa issues your COC.
After this, carry out a risk assessment to identify the hazards and decide how to minimise or prevent them.
Here's what you must keep in mind when you carry out your risk your risk assessment:
Step #2: Reduce the risk
Once you've completed the risk assessment:
Remember, 'you're not allowed to work with equipment you've identified as a hazard if you haven't implemented the control measures. The Department of Labour could issue a prohibition notice for that process, should this be the case,' cautions the Health&Safety Advisor.
It's that simple. Use these steps to ensure electricity doesn't pose a risk to your employees.