There’s a tool for every job, as the saying goes, but if that tool is electrically powered, there’s a right way to use each tool, too. When workers are using electrical tools, make sure:
1. The tool is in good condition. Tools should be designed specifically for the job and cords should be in good condition with no tears, kinks or worn out area.
2. The conditions are right. If workers are outdoors in damp conditions, electrical equipment may not be the safest way to go.
3. The right power source is used. Check that the equipment being used is rated for the source of the electricity that will be powering it.
4. The worker is ready. Workers should be trained on general electrical safety procedures and also on the specifics of the tool they will be using.
5. The worker is protected. Personal protective equipment (PPE) should be provided and used.