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What to cover when conducting toolbox talks on portable electrical equipment

by , 06 December 2013
You must conduct toolbox talks on portable electrical equipment. This is a requirement of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). Here's what to tell your employees when conducting toolbox talks on portable electrical equipment.


The Toolbox Talks Kit says you must train your employees to be aware of the potential dangers of portable electrical equipment and to report equipment that isn't working properly to their manager or supervisor.

How do you go about doing this?

Conduct toolbox talks on portable electrical equipment.

Tell your employees about the following when conducting toolbox talks on portable electrical equipment

Tell your employees to check the grinding or cutting discs and ensure the machine guard is in place.

They must also check if conductor wires are properly connected, or if the terminal screws are tight.

Loose conductors can cause short-circuits and the person touching the appliance or tool can suffer an electrical shock or injury.

Tell them to inspect their portable electrical equipment regularly and before they use it. They must be aware that they could be the next victim of an electrical shock if they overlook this.

Can your employees protect themselves when working with electrical equipment?

Yes.

Tell your employees to do the following when working with portable electrical equipment:

  1. Be aware of potential hazards on your portable electrical equipment;
  2. Check all plugs, plug-jackets, terminal screws and cords regularly;
  3. Report any defects immediately;
  4. Handle all portable electrical equipment with care;
  5. Ask your artisan to check the wiring and plugs or send it to an electrician to check; and
  6. Do regular visual inspections and checks.

Remember, it's your responsibility to ensure your employees are safe and to provide a safe work environment. So conduct toolbox talks on portable electrical equipment to ensure your employees know how to protect themselves when working with this equipment.

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