Electrical safety training is often seen as just an expense, a requirement to be addressed as minimally as possible. This viewpoint does not take the full picture into account.
Investing in Safety Training has Far-Reaching Benefits:
Better production efficiency
Less downtime due to electrical accidents
Higher employee retention
A stable workforce
Obstacles to Training
There Isn’t Time for Training
Training Costs Too Much
Any incident will result in days lost, internal and external (OSHA) investigations, workers’ compensation and medical expenses, potential lawsuits, safety violation fines, physical plant damage–the list goes on. The best way to avoid injuries and fatalities is to make sure employees have a solid understanding of risk and work practices to work safely. Investing in injury prevention not only cuts costs, but it saves lives.
You've Already Had Training
It is important to keep up with the latest information. What may have been standard practice 5 years ago may not meet even minimal requirements today. Accidents can happen to anyone, even the most experienced. Poor practices or shortcuts have a way of becoming a habit when there are no consequences. Electrical accidents are most often of a catastrophic nature and could have been minimized through safer practices. It is always a good idea to revisit best practices regularly through a training session and recognize habits that need to be adjusted.
Obstacles to Services
ESPs are Overwhelming
An ESP is the foundation of your company’s electrical safety efforts and is required by OSHA 1910 Subpart S, (i.e., 333 (A)(2)). The NFPA 70E® is an important guiding document on which to base your ESP; while it is not law, it is the main document of consensus standards OSHA refers to. Our written ESPs include both the law and consensus standards as well as industry best practices.
Arc Flash Studies Are Too Expensive
If your answers leave you feeling a little unsure, perhaps it’s time to bite the bullet and perform an audit. Our purpose in auditing is not to criticize a company but to help it on the road to electrical safety excellence. Read these articles to get more acquainted with the safety role of both internal and external audits.