National Electrical Safety Month Aims to Raise Safety Awareness

By Matt Wastradowski

National Electrical Safety Month

Electrical safety violations accounted for nearly a quarter of OSHA’s 10 most common citations in 2015. Lockout/tagout (LO/TO) violations, electrical wiring methods, and electrical general requirements each appeared on the list for at least the fifth consecutive year.

Given these troubling statistics, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) has declared May to be National Electrical Safety Month. ESFI’s annual campaign aims to “educate key audiences about the steps that can be taken in order to reduce the number of electrically-related fires, fatalities, injuries, and property loss,” according to its website.

How can employees stay safe around dangerous equipment, and follow arc flash and electrical safety best practices? These solutions may help.

Guide and infographic outline steps to LO/TO safety

LO/TO provides a dependable way to safeguard workers while they perform maintenance on equipment. OSHA estimates that proper LO/TO procedures could prevent 50,000 injuries every year.

Graphic Products’ newly-updated Best Practice Guide to Lockout/Tagout offers a variety of resources for employers looking to create and maintain an effective LO/TO program in their facility. The free guide breaks down the difference between lockout and tagout, describes the qualities that must be present in a lockout device, and provides an overview of the basic elements that OSHA requires in a written LO/TO procedure.

Graphic Products has also produced an infographic that visually outlines the steps to controlling hazardous energy on a piece of equipment before allowing work to begin. It documents the specific steps of locking and unlocking equipment, and it reinforces key concepts to keep workers safe.

Free guide provides valuable arc flash safety resource

Our 130-page Practical Solution Guide to Arc Flash Hazards provides a go-to resource for employees responsible for creating a workplace’s electrical safety program. The free book was developed by EasyPower and includes in-depth information on arc flash safety, label compliance, and more.

Arc flash PPE a key component of electrical safety

When it comes to dangers posed by electrical hazards, proper arc flash PPE is commonly required to protect workers from electric shock and burns. NFPA 70E, or the NFPA’s Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, outlines specific requirements for PPE to keep workers safe.

Services, training materials, and essential equipment—all from Graphic Products

Graphic Products strives to improve facility safety around the world.

Our Compliance Assessment Services help keep employees safe around dangerous electrical equipment. Our suite of electrical services includes an on-site arc flash study, safety training, electrical safety gap analysis, and an electrical safety audit.

Our LO/TO training materials educate workers on OSHA’s LO/TO standard, proper LO/TO procedures, and real-world environments where electrical safety must be considered. Choose from booklets, posters, DVD kits, safety games, and more.

Our LO/TO supplies ensure you’re outfitted with the right equipment before beginning a job. Check out our selection of padlocks and accessories, lockout tags, lockout kits and stations, and lockout devices.