Every year, OSHA issues more than 40,000 citations! It’s no surprise that building safety is an incredibly important aspect of both infrastructure management and routine maintenance. Regularly taking precautions and ensuring that your employees are protected against potential electrical hazards is paramount to workplace safety.
Inspections should be done at least every six months at best; annually at the very least. Here are a few essential items to check for during a routine building inspection (this list isn’t all-inclusive, but is a good representation of the kinds of electrical issues you should be keeping an eye out for).
The regulations they lay out can be complex and overwhelming, but overall, keeping an eye out for these major issues and simply staying up-to-date with your building’s infrastructure can make a difference. Here are a few things to do in between inspections and regular maintenance checkups:
- Regularly walk through your operations facilities. Keep an eye out for potential upcoming safety and electrical issues and have employees report any possible problems they see.
- Keep more documentation than you think you need. Make sure you have everything on paper. If maintenance work of any kind must be done, outline and document everything using SmartCSM software.
- Train employees and staff in electrical safety and, if applicable, make sure they have their NFPA 70e certification. Highly trained workers understand the importance of electrical safety and are generally more likely to follow all protocols.
- Offering additional training to your workers also shows OSHA and other agencies that your organization has done everything reasonable to promote safety in the workplace.