Workplace electrical hazards
When thinking about where electrical hazards are commonly found, your first thought likely isn’t your office. However, the Georgia Institute of Technology states that electrical equipment used in offices can be hazardous and result in serious injuries if not properly maintained. GIT recommends following these tips to help prevent exposure to workplace electrical hazards:
- Ensure all appliances are turned off before leaving work at the end of the day.
- Use only grounded appliances that can be plugged into grounded three-prong outlets.
- Is an appliance giving off a strange smell? Unplug it immediately.
- Do not use appliances with cracked, frayed or broken cords.
- Keep walkways and doorways clear of clutter and extension cords.
- Never hang or suspend extension cords with staples, nails or wires.
- Check plugs to ensure they fit securely into outlets; however, never attempt to force a plug into an outlet.
- Be aware that loose-fitting plugs can potentially cause equipment to overheat and catch fire.
- Check that all appliances in your office have been approved by an independent testing laboratory.
- Keep a minimum of 3 feet of clearance in front of electrical panels.