Safety Tips Driving safety Electrical safety Fire safety

Is your workplace ready for EVs?


Photo: arlutz73iStockphoto

As electric vehicles gain popularity, employers may be thinking of making the switch. If your facility is considering installing EV charging stations, the Electrical Safety Foundation International recommends a site assessment conducted by a trained and qualified electrician. The electrician who assesses your site should:

  • Check that your site has the right electrical capacity to charge EVs.
  • Ensure you have enough space for an EV charger.
  • Make sure the charger and charging cords you plan to use are certified by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory.
  • See if you have adequate ground-fault circuit-interrupter protection to avoid electric shocks.

After you’re given the go-ahead and your charger has been installed, keep these ESFI safety tips top of mind:

  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions when charging EVs.
  • Properly store charging cables to avoid damage that could lead to electric shocks and fires.
  • Cover EV charging stations to avoid water damage. Check the manufacturer’s guidelines for more information.
  • Properly maintain EV chargers, and never use one that’s damaged.
  • Avoid vehicle contact with chargers.

Post a comment to this article

Safety+Health welcomes comments that promote respectful dialogue. Please stay on topic. Comments that contain personal attacks, profanity or abusive language – or those aggressively promoting products or services – will be removed. We reserve the right to determine which comments violate our comment policy. (Anonymous comments are welcome; merely skip the “name” field in the comment box. An email address is required but will not be included with your comment.)