Safety Focus of the Week: Working in Energized Electrical Substations
Working in energized substations involves special hazards that require the following considerations:
- Job-Specific Daily Tailboard hazard assessment and risk mitigation analysis.
- Special personal protective equipment such as Fire Retardant (FR) clothing.
- Extensive training on the hazards and safety protocol at the substation.
- Clearly posted emergency call numbers including specific site address.
- Detailed work plans to isolate our work and operations from the high voltage hazards.
- Demarcation of hazardous areas and overhead lines.
- Special 1st Aid Equipment such as an AED and burn blanket.
- Visual confirmation of locked-out switches and grounded conductors.
- Positive measures to assure that minimum clearances are maintained for equipment and people.
And of don’t forget the STAR protocol: