The purpose of this safety program is to provide guidelines for electrical grounding to prevent electrical hazards and ensure the safety of employees working on electrical equipment.
This safety program applies to all employees who work with or around electrical equipment and will be involved in electrical grounding activities.
- Management: Management is responsible for providing the necessary resources and support to ensure that electrical grounding activities are performed safely and effectively.
- Employees: Employees are responsible for following the guidelines outlined in this safety program and reporting any electrical hazards or concerns to their supervisor.
- All electrical equipment, including temporary electrical equipment, must be grounded.
- Electrical grounding must be performed by qualified personnel only.
- Grounding cables must be rated for the voltage and current of the electrical system.
- Grounding cables must be securely attached to the equipment and the grounding point.
- The grounding point must be tested for continuity and resistance prior to beginning work.
- Grounding cables must be visually inspected for damage or wear before each use.
- Grounding cables must be stored properly to prevent damage or wear.
- All electrical equipment must be de-energized before grounding activities are performed.
- Grounding activities must be performed before and after any maintenance or repair work is performed on electrical equipment.
- A lockout/tagout program must be in place to ensure that equipment cannot be energized while grounding activities are being performed.
- Employees must wear appropriate personal protective equipment, including rubber gloves and safety glasses, when performing electrical grounding activities.
- All equipment must be checked for proper grounding before being placed into service.
All employees who work with or around electrical equipment must be trained on the guidelines outlined in this safety program. Training should include proper grounding techniques, lockout/tagout procedures, and the use of personal protective equipment.
Auditing and Inspection:
Regular audits and inspections should be conducted to ensure that electrical grounding activities are being performed safely and effectively. Any issues or concerns should be addressed promptly and corrected as necessary.
Documentation should be kept of all grounding activities, including the date and time of the activity, the personnel involved, and the equipment and grounding point used.
This safety program will be reviewed annually by management to ensure that it remains up-to-date and effective in preventing electrical hazards.