ESFI Promotes Safety Measures in Electrical Safety Month

Top Quote Electrical Safety Foundation International (EFSI) is now launching its annual effort to aid in reducing electrically-related fatalities, injuries this month as May is the electrical safety month. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) May 09, 2019 - In this National Electrical Safety Month, Electrical Safety Foundation International (EFSI) focuses mainly to highlight the serious risks which are related to electric fatalities, injuries and loss of property.

    According to the reports of Electrical Safety Foundation (EFSI), 501 (c)(3) non-profit educational and training organization, since 2008 more than 22,000 workers have been injured and more than 1,500 have lost their lives in workplace electrical accidents.

    It is well noted that the Foundation has released some updated safety training materials to respond strongly to this serious and ruthless problem. EFSI is now launching its annual effort to aid in reducing electrically-related fatalities, injuries this month.

    Featuring the resources concentrating mainly on the vitality of the National Electrical Code and its three-year cycle this year’s campaign theme is “Understanding the Code that keeps us Safe.”

    Under the safety training material, they include the considerable collection of instructional videos, infographics, practical tips, along with templates and tools which the employers can use to promote electrical safety around their workplace.

    Brett Brenner, EFSI President stated that the NEC is updated every three years including the latest in proven safety technology, and EFSI continues its measures to educate the public and the importance of staying up to code. Overhead power lines and lesser-known fatalities such as electric shock is what this year’s resources focus on.

    EFSI President, Brett Brenner continues to explain that 64% of all the electrical accidents on job occur in occupations that traditionally receive little to no proper electrical training.

    They include the landscapers, roofers, HVAC technicians, welders and others to help the employees understand easily how the electrical safety can be implemented into their daily regimes whether that work takes place in the office or on a job site is what their main goal is.

    Brenner goes on to report that while the electrical dangers are not the main cause of on-the-job-injuries they are disproportionately fatal and proves to be costly. Most on-the-job electrocutions and electrical injuries can very well prevented with proper training and this is the good news here. This qualifies the electrical workers are required to complete all the electrical works.

    Taking proper electrical precautions for safety in the workplace:

    Following are the measures noted by the EFSI safety experts that remind the employees the best way to make the work environment safer:

    Before commencing with your work:

    • Before starting any job it is important to perform an assessment of risk.
    • Ensuring that all the electrical conductors and the circuit parts are in electrically-safe working condition.
    • To complete a project before starting you need to gather all the necessary and the required tools.
    • For reducing the likelihood of electrical contact or arching faults ensuring that all the necessary parts of the machine are properly guarded.
    • To further reduce the risk of injury asking your employer for the important required training and experience for a project.
    Safety of overhead power line
    • Locating all the power lines before starting work
    • Keeping yourself and your equipment at least at a distance of 10 feet
    • Avoid touching anything which is in contact with the power line
    • Fences can conduct electricity of they touch power lines as you need to be aware of any fencing near the power lines.
    • Carrying ladders horizontally to further the risk of touching the power lines
    • Near the power lines avoid spraying water or liquid cleaners
    • Staying 35 feet away from a fallen power line.

    Proper qualified electrical workers are important to assure safety:

    Trained electricians are well experienced in NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety at Workplace as they know the requirements of NFPA 70, the National Electrical Code.
    Daily inspections of the job site and equipment are the safety principles which these electrical trained workers follow strictly.

    Training on the personal protective equipment, safe work practices, special precautionary techniques and risk assessments are all included under the safety programs for the qualified electrical workers.

    EFSI’s Brenner states that employees are the greatest value of any business and they would like to ensure everyone practices and take proper precautionary measures for safety at their workplaces.

    They make sure that every worker learns when to stop to work in avoiding becomes a statistic by practicing safety assessments.

    Why electrical safety matters?

    It is recorded that there is an annual average of 70 electrocution injuries which are normally associated with electrical appliances and consumer products. 53% of all the fatal electrical hazards occurred in the Construction industry in 2016.

    Each year there are these reported cases of electric shock drowning in marinas and swimming pool.
    To prevent electrical fire outbreak, injuries, and fatalities, electrical safety awareness and education among the consumers, families, employees, and communities should be made mandatory.

    To adopt the most recent codes and standards to protect the residents with the latest advancements in safety technology, EFSI strongly recommends this to both the states and jurisdictions.

    To increase public awareness of the electrical hazards around us at home, work, school, and play, The Electrical Safety Foundation International (EFSI) sponsor National Electrical Safety Month each May. For promoting electrical safety, EFSI is a 501 ©(3) non-profit organization.

    Hudson Electrical is a team of professional and experienced electricians rendering their services throughout Central Coast, North Shore and Northern Beaches in Sydney, Australia that promotes workplace safety standards as set by EFSI. For any queries, you may Visit or can call on this toll free number 1800205219.

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