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5 Steps for a Safer Electric Room

Safety is an important part of any plant and reducing the risk of injury leads to a more positive team and work environment. Integral Strategic Solutions wants to offer you 5 easy steps to creating a safer electric room. Some of this may sound trivial, but the results would surprise you. If you know your code and work with your partners, you can reach the goal we all are after, safe work environments.

Step 1: Spring Cleaning

  • Sweep the floor

  • Remove trash

  • Remove unused equipment

  • Remove non-electrical system equipment

  • Replace lightbulbs

  • Seal the room from dust and outside interference

Step 2: Annual & Preventative Maintenance

  • Tighten connections

  • Cycle the breakers

  • Verify that all fuses are a matching set

  • Review equipment settings to match the last coordination/arc flash study that was performed

  • Ask your local electrical supply house to generate a list of spare parts

  • Install spare parts shelving. This does not need to be a large investment, just the basic parts

  • Pressurize the room if possible

Step 3: Safety & Security

  • Install proper safety signage

  • Ensure PPE and lock-out tag equipment is readily available

  • Ensure all guards and covers are installed

  • Plug unused holes in equipment

  • Properly secure all enclosures and raceways

  • Install panic hardware on doors that will swing out of the room

  • Install insulation mats for working clearance issues.

Step 4: Proper Documentation

  • Match the redline drawings to the equipment which is critical to keep your facility up to date.

  • Post the base documentation and charts in either paper, poster, or iPad format in the room

  • Create a directory of the location of each motor to facilitate lock-out/tag-out equipment

Step 5: Equipment Labels

  • Label all switchboards, MCCs, and panel boards to match documentation

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