electrical safety program development

Electrical Safety Program Consulting

Our team of electrical safety professionals deliver results, save time, relieve your budget and keep your workers safe

An electrical safety program outlines requirements, policies and practices to address hazards associated with working near electricity. It can be a stand-alone program or be integrated into an existing safety management system. It should be aligned with the requirements of the safety management system, be practical, sustainable and a measurable program to mitigate or reduce the risk of exposure to electrical hazards.

Determining the size and scope of an electrical safety program begins with a consideration of the nature of the business and the electrical hazards involved. An organization dealing with energized electrical work tasks should have an extensive electrical safety program. This may involve highly detailed and documented procedures, a program manual, and a defined training matrix which is integrated into the employer’s existing safety management system. On the other end of the spectrum, a small operation that undertakes work with a low risk profile may need only a small task-specific program that requires only minor amendments to an existing safety management system.

Regardless of the size and scope, we can design an electrical safety program, that when implemented, will keep workers and equipment safe.

Our company's strength is our multi-disciplinary approach and network of electrical safety specialists. The Electricity Forum has a team of industrial, commercial and institutional electrical engineering and electical safety/maintenance specialists in the areas of: low voltage and high voltage arc flash/electrical safety consulting and arc flash analysis/study development. As a team, our consultants work together to increase your company's overall electrical safety and improving the health and safety of your electrical workers.

Electrical Safety Program (ESP) Consultation

Our experienced electrical engineers and licensed electricians are electrical safety experts in the documentation, review and analysis, execution, audit, and training pertaining to a thorough electrical safety program consultation and development, in compliance with CSA Z462 and CEC C22.1. Our reports and recommendations are customized to each company's exact requirement, budget, personnel, and preference.

Electrical Safety Program (ESP) Development Scope

We Will Design A Company Electrical Safety Program With OH&S Regulations, Standards, and Best Practices:

  • Consensus based standards
  • Canadian electrical code
  • CSA Z462 Workplace Electrical Safety
  • Identify Roles and responsibilities
  • Employers
  • Employees

Electrical Maintenance and Company Safety Standards

  • Electrical Maintenance Program Coordinated With Electrical Safety Program
  • CSA Z463 and CSA Z462 Program Coordination
  • Review of Single Line Electrical Drawings

Elements of an Electrical Safety Program

  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Hazard Identification and Assessment
  • Electrical System Information
  • Electrically Safe Work Condition
  • Power Line Safety
  • Job Planning Meetings
  • Operating Fixed Electrical Equipment
  • Portable Electric Equipment and Extension Cords
  • Temporary Power Distribution Systems
  • Electrical-Specific Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Equipment and Tools for Electrical Work
  • Electrical Safety Training
  • Maintenance and Housekeeping
  • Electrical Safety by Design
  • Emergency Response to Electrical Incidents and Fires

Electrical Safety Lockout Program

  • Lockout Program and Policy
  • Machine or Task Specific Lockout/Tagout Procedures
  • Identifying and Marking Energy Isolation Points
  • Training and Periodic Inspections
  • Proper Lockout/Tagout Devices
  • Lockout Sustainability

Substation Electrical Safety Program

  • Safe Performance Of Substation Tasks In Or In The Vicinity Of Operating Substations.
  • Limits Of Approach, And Changes Due To Environmental Conditions
  • Safe Grounding Practices
  • Disconnects And Fuses
  • Transformers
  • Cable Vaults
  • Insulators

Workplace Electrical Safety Practices

  • Human Error And Cause Of Electrical Accidents
  • Define Errors Causing Incidents In The Workplace
  • Procedure For Workers To Progress A Task
  • Job Planning To Build Safety Into Every Job
  • Tool Box Talks
  • Post Job Evaluation Of The Success (Or Failure) Of Job Plans
  • Communication During Tasks
  • Identification Of Equipment Being Worked On During Switching Operations
  • Supervisor Responsibilities During Electrical Tasks
  • Worker Responsibilities During Electrical Tasks
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Review: Implementation
  • A Systems Approach To Electrical Safety
  • Continual Electrical Safety Program Auditing

Summary
  • Appendix 1: Reference and Resources
  • Appendix 2: Electrical Safety Program Development Checklist
  • Appendix 3: Site Assessment Checklist
  • Appendix 4: Site Assessment Checklist
  • Appendix 5: Policy, Purpose and Scope
  • Appendix 6: Sample Electrical Safety Competencies for Qualified Electrical Workers
  • Appendix 7: Safe Work Procedures
  • Appendix 8: Energized Electrical Work Permit
  • Appendix 9: Glossary
Our Electrical Safety Program auditor will:
  • Document various electrical hazards
  • Point out deficiencies in permits and approvals, warning labels
  • Review existing arc flash study reports
  • Review arc flash approach distances
  • Evaluate the methods for proper hazard/risk assessment
  • Provide proper job briefing documentation
  • Review energized work permits
  • Recommend means and methods of electrical safety training
  • Suggest requirements for electrical safety retraining
  • Review CE Code and CSA Z462 standard requirements
  • Review Electrical Safety PPE program
  • Recommend proper Electrical Safety PPE mitigation strategies
Request a FREE Electrical Safety Program Consultation

For More Information, Contact:

Randolph W. Hurst
President, The Electricity Forum
1885 Clements Rd, Unit 218
289-387-1025
randy@electricityforum.com