May is National Electrical Safety Month, making it the perfect time for you to promote the importance of electrical safety. You can do this by creating and increasing electrical safety awareness in your workplace and home. Whether you are a business owner, safety director, electrician or maintenance professional, safety should always be your number one priority.
The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) can help you start on your journey to an electrically safe workplace. This non-profit organization promotes electrical safety at homes, schools, and offices by educating and engaging the public in campaigns about electrical fire prevention, injuries and fatalities.
One aspect of electrical safety that the campaign focuses on is lockout. Lockout/tagout procedures protect workers from unexpected energization or start-up of equipment. These can also prevent the release of hazardous energy during equipment service or maintenance. The fact is, nearly three million professionals work with lockout tagout equipment everyday. Unfortunately, too many workers still put themselves at risk by ignoring proper lockout/tagout procedures. (more…)