From power tools to technology tools, most of us need to plug in to work. Used improperly, however, electrical cords present a hazard in the workplace. Here’s how to power up and stay safe:
- i) Arrange desks and equipment to avoid running electrical cords in traffic paths.
- ii) Prevent fire hazards by using power strips correctly. Never use an extension cord to attach a power strip to a wall outlet, and never link one power strip to another.
- iii) Make sure the cords on your equipment are certified to meet U.S. safety standards. Look for the UL (Underwriters Laboratory) label.
- Practice! Being adequately prepared will
If you spot an electrical cord hazard on the job, or if your work assignment responsibilities change, notify your assignment supervisor immediately.