- Wear appropriate protective gear: Electricians should wear protective gear such as rubber gloves, safety glasses, and protective clothing when working with electrical systems.
- Use tools designed for electrical work: Electricians should use tools specifically designed for electrical work, such as insulated pliers and screwdrivers, to reduce the risk of electrical shock.
- Avoid electrical hazards: Electricians should be aware of electrical hazards such as overhead power lines, exposed wires, and wet locations. They should also be aware of the electrical energy in the electrical system and take steps to reduce the risk of electrical shock or arc flash.
- Follow proper lockout/tagout procedures: Electricians should follow proper lockout/tagout procedures when working on electrical systems to ensure that the system is de-energized and that no one is accidentally exposed to live electrical parts.
- Use ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs): Electricians should use ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) when working with electrical systems to reduce the risk of electrical shock.
- Regularly inspect electrical equipment: Electricians should inspect electrical equipment regularly to ensure that it is in good condition and free of damage. Electricians should also be aware of the signs of electrical failures, such as arcing or sparks, and take steps to address these issues immediately.
- Follow established electrical codes and standards: Electricians should be familiar with the Philippine Electrical Code (PEC) and other electrical codes and standards and follow these guidelines when working with electrical systems.
- Stay informed about electrical safety: Electrical safety is an ongoing concern, and electricians should stay informed about the latest electrical safety practices and guidelines. This can be done through regular training and professional development opportunities, such as courses workshops, and seminars.
Electrical safety is essential for electricians as they work with electrical systems and equipment. Electrical shock, burns, or electrocution can occur if electrical systems are not appropriately handled, and may result in an accident. That’s why electricians need to follow safety procedures and guidelines to minimize the risk of electrical accidents.
- Protects workers’ health and safety: Electrical safety measures help to protect electricians and other workers from accidents. This includes measures such as wearing protective gear, using appropriate tools, and following lockout/tagout procedures.
- Prevents electrical fires: Proper electrical safety practices can help to prevent electrical fires, which can cause significant damage to property.
- Maintains the reliability of electrical systems: By following established electrical safety practices, electricians can help to maintain the reliability of electrical systems, reducing the risk of electrical failures and outages.
- Supports compliance with regulations and standards:
Electrical safety practices are often required by law (Republic Act 7920), Philippine Electrical Code and are also regulated by professional organizations such as the Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers of the Philippines, Inc. following these standards, electricians can help to ensure that their work meets the legal and professional requirements.
- Enhances public safety: By following electrical safety practices, electricians can help to ensure the safety of the public and reduce the risk of electrical accidents in homes, businesses, and other public spaces.