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Toolbox Talk - Five Steps to a Safer Electrical Room

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, June 12, 2018

  1. Do some spring cleaning!
    • Sweep the floor.
    • Remove trash.
    • Remove unused equipment.
    • Remove non-electrical system equipment.
    • Replace light fixture bulbs.
    • Seal the room from dust.
  2. Conduct annual and preventive maintenance!
    • Tighten connections.
    • Cycle the breakers.
    • Verify all fuses are a matching set.
    • Review settings in equipment to match the last coordination/arc flash study performed.
    • Ask your local electrical supply house to generate a list of spare parts.
    • Install spare parts shelving.
    • Pressurize the room.
  3. Keep safe and secure!
    • Install proper safety signage.
    • Ensure PPE and lockout/tagout equipment is readily available.
    • Ensure all guards and covers are installed.
    • Plug unused holes in equipment.
    • Properly secure all enclosures and raceways.
    • Install panic hardware on doors and have them swing out of the room.
    • Install insulating mats for working clearance issues.
  4. Redline drawings to match equipment.
    • Post base documentation and charts in paper, poster, or electronic format.
    • Create a directory for each motor and its location in the room to facilitate lockout/tagout.
  5. Label all equipment to match documentation!
    • Switchboards
    • MCCs
    • Panelboards

Adapted from EC&M’s online magazine. Submitted by Doug Post on April 12, 2017

Tags:  Safety  Safety Services  Toolbox Talk 

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