The Electrical Safety Program (ESP)

by | Feb 4, 2019 | Electrical Safety

The Electrical Safety Program (ESP) is created and offered by a company to require workers to use safe work methods for live electrical work and prioritize de-energized work.

To avoid or reduce the occurrence of live work, it is important to properly plan for works and therefore complete them outside of production hours, thus reducing time constraints related to production line downtime. Work methods must be well established and easily accessible in order to allow workers to follow work procedures such as lockout and ensure good practices in safe work. There must be a register of periodic maintenance to reduce unplanned work.

The ESP contains the following basic information:

A) The accident register:
Allows identification of at-risk areas where accidents or near misses have occurred and can therefore be used to prioritize corrective measures according to risk levels.

B) Inspection:
Inspection procedures must be followed before energizing new equipment or before modification of the equipment to ensure compliance with applicable standards and codes

C) State of maintenance:
Have good knowledge of the current state of equipment in the plant. It can be known by assigning a delegate to periodic inspections and having them integrate the obtained data into a preventative maintenance software. This person can also verify that lockout is performed optimally and at a short distance.

D) Awareness:
Periodic trainings are offered to employees to provide framework and keep skills up-to-date, as well as train them on new equipment or lesser-used equipment. The roles of each person are clearly identified and in the case of failure to comply, there are disciplinary measures planned.

E) Self-discipline:
The worker asks for a work permit before doing work requiring a permit. He or she performs the work following the safe work methods that are established such as lockout. He or she wears personal protective equipment when it is required, his work environment is safe and he or she respects safety perimeters.

F) Audit:
The ESP must be updated every 3 years to ensure compliance with applicable standards and codes. Upcoming work must be revised every year. Each year, the program and lockout procedures must be verified by a qualified person and based on an ongoing lockout action.

 

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