Today’s office space operates mostly by electronics – powered by electricity. Computers and monitors, electronic printers, routers and hubs, telephones, charging stations, and many other peripheral devices are all plugged in and are potentially hazardous if improperly used or maintained.
Proper procedures should be in place to protect workers inside the office and ensure that their workspace environment is safe from electrical hazards.
- Only use equipment that has been tested and approved by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA).
- Do not use electrical equipment or appliances near water or wet surfaces.
- Never use electrical equipment when your hands or the equipment is wet.
- Unplug or disconnect electronic equipment before servicing or repairing.
- Do not ignore warning signs. If an item feels hot, makes an unusual noise (buzz or hum), smokes or sparks, take it out of service immediately and tag it with a "Do Not Use" label.
- Inspect cords and equipment regularly, and report any defects immediately.
- Use only equipment that is properly grounded or double-insulated.
- Do not overload outlets.
- Do not plug multi-outlet bars into other multi-outlet bars.
- Do not run power cords or extension cords under rugs or mats as this can damage the wires and create potential tripping hazards.
- Do not run electrical cords across pedestrian aisles as this creates potential tripping hazards.
- Unplug cords from an outlet by gripping the plug, not the cord.