There are many types of workers who work in dangerous environments where
they are regularly exposed to electrical hazards, some of which are unseen.
If the worker is exposed to energized equipment, an electric arc, or flash
fire, the worker can be in a compromised position: he or she can find
themselves completely unprotected from the electrical forces that lead
to serious, if not fatal injuries.
Everyday work clothing can pose a risk for the worker. They can ignite
and burn, even after the ignition source has been eliminated. When a worker
is wearing regular clothing, they will continue burning until the fabric
has burned away, in effect causing extremely serious contact burns on
the worker’s skin. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is the worker’s
first line of defense in these situations.
“Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) refers to items typically worn
by a worker to provide protection from recognized hazards. Depending on
the job task to be performed, PPE for the electric power industry generally
includes safety glasses, face shields, hard hats, safety shoes, insulating
(rubber) gloves with leather protectors, insulating sleeves, and flame-resistant
(FR) clothing,” reports the
United States Department of Labor.
PPE: Your First Line of Defense
According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), Personal
Protective Equipment is a major factor in differentiating between an electrical
event a worker walks away from and one that makes them go through months
of painful healing.
There are different types of PPE, including:
- Hard hats
- Safety shoes
- Flame-resistant clothing
- Safety glasses
- Face shields
- Fall protection equipment
If your job requires you to wear PPE, make sure you choose the equipment
that is best for you, your particular job and your circumstances. PPE
should always be appropriate considering the hazard. It should be worn
correctly (zipped, buttoned, etc.), worn as the outermost layer, properly
maintained, and it should be removed from service when necessary, advises the ESFI.
If you are looking for a licensed and certified electrician to help you with a
commercial job, we invite you to
contact Lightning Bug Electric today!