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This talk discusses common electrical protective de- you. Some are personal protective equipment worn
vices that protect workers from electrocution, shock, by you, and others directly cover or coat the live
and other related injuries when working on or near electrical parts.
live electrical systems or equipment.
Materials to have on hand:
Insulators stop or reduce electric current flow.
Examples of electrical protective devices Rubber, glass, or plastic insulators are used to coat
metals and other conductors and help confine the
The log of dates that the devices were last
flow of electrical current along wires or through
equipment. This helps prevent shock, fires, and short
circuits when someone or something touches the
Items for attendees to consider during the talk: insulated wire. The type and quality of insulation has
What are examples of electrical insulating devices to be right for the voltage used and able to withstand
used at the facility? temperature and other environmental factors like
moisture and corrosive fumes.
How often should you inspect electrical protective
devices? Insulation on conductors is usually color-coded. In-
sulated grounding conductors usually are either solid
TALK green or green with yellow stripes. Insulation cover-
ing grounded conductors is generally white or gray.
Electrical shocks, burns, electrocutions, and other
Ungrounded conductors, or hot wires, often are
injuries happen because of unsafe electrical equip-
black or red, although they may be any color other
ment or installation. Many of these incidents can be
prevented with insulation and other electrical protec- than green, white, or gray.
tive devices.
Markings On Protective Devices
Electrical protective devices include insulating blan-
kets, matting, covers, line hose, gloves, and sleeves All electrically protective blankets, matting, covers,
made of rubber and other insulators. They protect you line hose, gloves, and sleeves are clearly marked
from electrical shocks and potential electrocution. As with the electrical class and type of equipment. The
with all forms of protective equipment, these items markings will help you determine the maximum use
keep a critical barrier between workplace hazards and voltage that the devices can safely withstand. Safety
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markings on gloves are always on the cuff, and they Maintenance and Storage
include the manufacturers identification and the size.
Make sure the protective devices are kept clean and
All electrical protective devices have to be tested, and in good condition. If you are qualified to do so, take
the date of the test is marked directly on the device and any damaged or worn devices out of service. If you
often logs are kept with the dates. See your supervisor are not trained or qualified to repair or replace the
for the logs if the test date isnt legible on the device. devices, mark it and notify a supervisor or other qual-
ified person to do so. If any repair work is done on a
Inspection device, it has to be retested and test-certified before
anyone is allowed to use it again.
Inspect electrical protective devices before each
days use and after any incident that damaged or Store any inventory of insulating devices to protect
could have damaged the electrical equipment. them from light, extreme temperatures, excessive
Every device has to be completely free of any phys- humidity, ozone, and other substances that could
ical defects or damage that could interfere with its damage it and compromise its effectiveness.
insulating properties. Report any defects or damage
Keep electrical protective devices intact and in good
that you find to your supervisor so it can be tested.
condition, and they will protect you.
Any device that fails tests or inspections has to be
immediately removed from service.