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Commonly Overlooked Safety Problems

NFPA 70e has gotten heightened attention lately. This is good because the latest edition is heavily revised and updated.

But this also presents the danger that instead of increasing resources to safety, you merely reallocate what’s already there, missing some basic things as a result. Safety shortcuts eventually catch up with you. And when they do, the costs can be staggering.

Some simple replacements can prevent catastrophe:

  • Check your test leads. If they aren’t in perfect condition, replace them. If you haven’t replaced them in a while, replace them. Considering how inexpensive test leads are, why risk creating an ionization trail that results in an arc blast? Why risk an electrocution?
  • Check your hand tools. You may have your favorite screwdriver, but if it’s got a chipped or worn blade it’s time to end the relationship.
  • See clearly. Do you find yourself lifting your safety glasses to read something? If so, replace them. These cost very little, but your eyes are priceless.
  • Replace damaged work gloves. You know to test insulating gloves. But what about cloth work gloves? If your working conditions require this kind of protection, keep it current. Once a glove has been punctured or torn, it’s not going to provide the same level of protection.

Finally, have at least two pairs of work shoes in good condition and wear them on alternate days. Letting shoes rest one day between uses restores the cushioning. This reduces fatigue, thus helping you stay alert.

Source: Mark Lamendola | Mindconnection