1. Employees Responsibility for Safety
a) Before proceeding with the Power Recording Procedure, all employees shall satisfy themselves that they can perform the work without injury. If they are assigned work they are not qualified to perform, they shall call this to the attention of the supervisor.
2. Work on Energized Equipment
a) Only qualified persons may work on electric circuit parts or equipment that have not been de-energized under the procedures of 1926.417. Such persons shall be capable of working safely on energized circuits and shall be familiar with the proper use of special precautionary techniques, personal equipment, insulating and shielding materials, and insulated tools.
3. Protection of Employees
a) No employee is permitted to work in such proximity to any part of an electric power circuit that the employee could contact the electric power circuit in the course of the work, unless the employee is protected against electric shock by de-energizing the circuit and grounding it, or guarding it effectively by insulation or other means.
b) If gloves (with sleeves if necessary), insulating blankets, insulating guards and covers, fiberglass hot sticks and tools are utilized as personal protective equipment, rated for the voltage involved, the employee is considered to be insulated from the energized part on which work is to be performed.
4. Test Instruments and Equipment
a) Only qualified/trained employees may perform testing work on electric circuits or equipment. Training shall be conducted per manufactures recommendations. All training shall be documented and records filed with the safety director.
5. Calibration, Visual and Voltage Inspection
a) All test instruments and equipment (gloves, sleeves, hoods and rubber blankets) shall be calibrated and tested per manufactures recommendations and intervals per manufactures recommendations. All test reports shall be maintained by the shop manager and with test equipment.
6. Visual Inspection
a) Test instruments and equipment and all associated test leads, cables, power cords, probes and connectors must be visually inspected for external defects and damage before the equipment is used (record Visual Inspection on ESCO Group’s Electric Visual Record Inspection Form). If there is a defect or evidence of damage that might expose an employee to injury, the defective or damaged item shall be tagged “Danger-Unsafe” and removed from service. No employee may use it until repairs and tests necessary to render the equipment safe have been made.
7. Pre-Testing Procedures
a) Identify the specific electrical equipment to be recorded and what information is needed.
b) Select the appropriate test equipment.
c) Document the specific activities that will be conducted and the specific equipment that will be worked on. Also, list the personal that will be involved and the schedule of when the testing will be done.
d) Review this plan with the customer and have them sign off with their approval. Use the pre-testing authorization form.
8. Testing Procedure
a) Only qualified/trained employees may perform testing work on electrical circuits or equipment.
b) Survey the area where the testing is being done to determine if there are any personal protective measures to be taken.
c) Warning signage around the area to make people aware of what is going on.
d) There shall be two qualified journeymen electricians involved with the installation and removal of test equipment.
e) Compile data collected when testing is completed and forward to the customer.
f) Notify the customer when testing has been completed.
g) Make sure that all manufactures policies and procedures are strictly adhered to.