Chicago Area Facilities (CAF) Electrical Safety Program
Every electrical activity carries some degree of risk; therefore everyone should be aware of the type of electrical hazards associated with their work. NFPA 70E (Standard for Electrical Safety in the Work Place) requires employers to implement and document an electrical safety program. This section of the website provides guidance on the requirements for general electrical safety for all individuals who work at the Chicago Area Facilities (CAF).
- Plan every job and document first-time procedures
- Anticipate unexpected events
- Identify and minimize the hazard using the site risk assessment procedures
- Protect the employee from shock, burn, blast, and other hazards due to the working environment
- Inspect/evaluate the electrical equipment
- Use the right tools for the job
- Maintain the electrical equipment’s insulation and enclosure integrity
- De-energize, if possible using the site LOTO procedures
- Assess people’s abilities and use the right persons for the task
- Audit CAF electrical safety program
- All individuals working at CAF shall adhere to this electrical safety program
- Use procedures as “tools” to identify the hazards and develop plans to eliminate/control the hazards.
- Use a logical approach to determine potential hazard of task.
- Identify and use precautions appropriate to the working environment.
- Every electrical conductor or circuit part is considered energized until proven otherwise.
- No bare-hand contact is to be made with exposed energized electrical conductors or circuit parts above 50 volts to ground.
- De-energizing an electrical conductor or circuit part and making it safe to work on is in itself a potentially hazardous task.
CAF Electrical Safety Suite
BP’s Electrical Community of Practice
As part of a nationwide effort to reduce Electrical Type accidents, BP has joined with the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) in a public education drive to raise awareness about electrical safety.
The following is a list of documents associated with the Electrical Safety Program: