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Key safety considerations for electricians

If you’re tired of a mundane office job and want to test your skills elsewhere – training to be an electrician is a great option. The role of an electrician is to manage anything electrical, whether it’s wires, equipment, appliances, fixtures or something else. 

Keeping the electrics in a home or commercial space is essential for the safety of those within it. Therefore, becoming an electrician is an extremely valuable career path. 

As well as keeping other people safe, it’s paramount that electricians consider their safety. Working with live wires and other hazards can put people in danger. So, before you start on a project, there are some key safety considerations to make. 

Appropriate PPE

Specialist equipment has been designed to ensure electricians’ safety. Whether you’re dealing with general electrics or specific issues – PPE is essential to ensure your wellbeing

As you might be working with live electrical currents – your PPE must be insulated. Some common examples of these are gloves, ladders and mats. As well as the more widely used PPE, there might be some job-specific items you need. If you’re unsure, ask a fellow professional or research online. 

Appropriate tools and equipment 

As a qualified electrician, you should have plenty of tools and equipment specially designed for general jobs. Often, self-employed electricians will have their van packed full of tools to cover all eventualities. However, sometimes you need technical tools to help you get an intricate job done and to ensure the safety of your installation or maintenance work. Voltage testers from manufacturers like RS are a great example, as they’re used to gather specific voltage and current measurements. 

Correct installation and maintenance 

Working as an electrician means you can’t cut corners. Not installing an electrical appliance properly or doing the correct checks might result in errors, causing issues later down the line. What’s more, not doing your job accurately might cause physical harm to you or the people you’re working for. 

Avoiding water 

It’s no secret that water and electrics don’t mix well. Water is an electrical insulator – it doesn’t conduct electricity or let it flow through it. If water and electrics come into contact, it can cause a nasty shock or short circuit. So, electricians must avoid coming into contact with water in case it has a nasty reaction. If there is a risk of water touching the electrics as you work on them, make sure you turn off the power source before you start work – doing so will help avoid injury.

Huynh Nguyen

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