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J. J. Keller's OSHA Safety Training Handbook

J. J. Keller's OSHA Safety Training Handbook
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J. J. Keller's easy-to-read OSHA Safety Training Handbook provides vital safety information on 23 of OSHA's hottest topics. It reviews key worker safety and health topics, and identifies common workplace hazards so readers learn how to prevent accidents and injuries at work by following proper safety strategies.

The handbook covers topics important to employee safety and health on the job. Subjects include Company Vehicle Safety, Confined Space Entry, Electrical Safety, Emergency Response, Eye Protection, Fire Prevention, First Aid and Bloodborne Pathogens, Foot Protection, Forklift Safety, Hand Protection, Hazard Communication, Head Protection, Hearing Conservation, Lifting and Ergonomics, Lockout/Tagout, Machine Guarding, Materials Handling Equipment, Respiratory Protection, Slips, Trips and Falls, Tool Safety, Violence in the Workplace, Welding, and Workplace Security. The OSHA Safety Training Handbook helps employers teach workers what to do to be safe at work.

J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.; January 2008
266 pages; ISBN 9781602875197
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Excerpt

Work at Working Safely

Safety should be foremost in your mind when working with electrical equipment. You face hazards from the tools themselves and the electricity that powers them. It’s up to you to wear protective equipment whenever it’s specified, use all safety procedures, and work with tools correctly. The following general rules apply to every piece of electrical equipment you use:

  • Be sure your electrical equipment is maintained properly. Regularly inspect tools, cords, grounds, and accessories. Make repairs only if you are authorized to do so. Otherwise, arrange to have equipment repaired or replaced immediately.
  • Be sure you use safety features like three-prong plugs, double-insulated tools, and safety switches. Be sure electrical covers and panels are in place and that you always follow proper procedures.
  • Install or repair equipment only if you’re qualified and authorized to do so. A faulty job may cause a fire or seriously injure you or other workers.
  • Keep electric cables and cords clean and free from kinks. Never carry equipment by its cords.
  • Use extension cords only when flexibility is necessary:
    • Neveruse them as substitutes for fixed wiring.
    • Never run them through holes in walls, ceilings, floors, doorways, or windows.
    • Never use them where they are concealed behind walls, ceilings, or floors.
  • Don’t touch water, damp surfaces, ungrounded metal, or any bare wires if you are not protected. Qualified employees must wear approved rubber gloves when working with live wires or ungrounded surfaces, and wear electricallyinsulated shoes or boots.
  • Don’t wear metal objects (rings, watches, etc.) when working with electricity. They might cause arcing.
  • If you are working near overhead power lines of 50 kilovolts (kV) or less, you or any equipment you are using must not come any closer than 10 ft from the lines. Add 4 inches of distance for every 10 kV over 50 kV.

Good work habits soon become second nature. Treat electricity with the respect it deserves, and it will serve you efficiently and safely.