Safety First Section 1.5 Personal Protective Equipment
PPEPPE Approved eye protection shall be worn when required. Contact lenses are not considered approved eye protection. – –Safety glasses w/ side shields for flash protection (ANSI-Z41EH) Shoes suitable to the type of work performed shall be worn at all times. (EH- Electrical Hazard) Hard Toe (ANSI-Z41EH) Low voltage rubber gloves shall be worn when working on or in close proximity to voltages above 50V and below 600V. Low voltage rubber gloves shall be worn when working on or in close proximity to voltages above 50V and below 600V.
PPEPPE Clothing worn by employees in the performance of their duties shall be suitable for the work to be performed and the conditions under which the work is to be performed. – –Casual Clothing for undercover work Fire protective clothing shall be worn as required. –Keep it available in your vehicle for the unexpected
FR Clothing Must be worn whenever rubber gloves are required for the work being performed 10 minimum clearance for non-protected persons Different Vendors offer wide variety of types work on 480V services FR switching hood required whenever performing work on 480V services
Safety First Make sure that you are aware of your surroundings and any objects that may be in the area that you will be walking in. – –Use company approved ladders, when necessary. Identify your work area for unsafe conditions. –Watch out for booby traps! Communicate w/ peers during tailboard meetings Communicate w/ peers during tailboard meetings
Meter Socket Checks All required meter tests must be performed whenever a meter is removed, installed, disconnected, reconnected, tested or converted All required meter tests must be performed whenever a meter is removed, installed, disconnected, reconnected, tested or converted –Even more important when diversion is suspected or discovered –Manual/automatic bypasses present additional potential for flashes!
Automatic bypasses. A great idea, but… An easy way to steal and a potential safety hazard!
Meter Socket Checks Always check for: Proper Voltage Proper Voltage Backfeeds Backfeeds Shorts Shorts
Insulated Tools Different Manufacturers available. Required for any work on energized conductors -Secondary form of protection only -Not meant to be used in place of the users personal protective equipment. Proper inspection, maintenance important -Immediately replace defective tools
Insulated Tools Should meet/exceed IEC 900 standard for insulated tools, ASTM F-1505 standard for insulated hand held tools. Help you meet the OSHA requirements in their safe work practice standard: 29CFR1910.269, 29CFR1910.333 (b), and 29CFR1910.335 (a) (2).