A safety program on power transmission and distribution should include the following key elements:
- Hazard Identification: Identify the hazards associated with power transmission and distribution, including electrical hazards, fall hazards, and other hazards associated with working at height.
- Job Hazard Analysis: Conduct job hazard analyses to identify the specific hazards associated with each task involved in power transmission and distribution work.
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Provide and require the use of appropriate PPE, including hard hats, safety glasses, gloves, and fall protection equipment.
- Electrical Safety: Develop and implement procedures for working safely with electrical equipment, including procedures for lockout/tagout, de-energizing, and testing.
- Fall Protection: Develop and implement procedures for working safely at height, including procedures for the use of fall protection equipment and the installation and use of fall protection systems.
- Equipment Maintenance and Inspection: Develop and implement procedures for the regular maintenance and inspection of power transmission and distribution equipment, including electrical equipment, fall protection equipment, and other equipment used in the work.
- Emergency Response: Develop and implement procedures for emergency response in the event of an electrical incident, fall incident, or other emergency.
- Worker Training: Provide comprehensive training to workers on the hazards associated with power transmission and distribution work, safe work procedures, and the use of PPE.
- Recordkeeping: Keep records of all power transmission and distribution work, including the equipment used, the location and date of the work, and any incidents or near-misses that occur.
- Regulatory Compliance: Ensure compliance with all applicable regulations and standards related to power transmission and distribution work.
By implementing a comprehensive safety program on power transmission and distribution that includes these elements, employers can help to ensure that workers are able to work safely and avoid incidents. This can reduce the risk of injuries and fatalities, improve the overall safety and health of the workplace, and promote a culture of safety within the organization. The program should be reviewed and updated regularly to ensure that it remains effective in preventing incidents from occurring.