There is generally an increased awareness of the importance of work place health and safety. From an electrical perspective, this applies to both electrical and non-electrical workers.
While electrical safety depends upon many things, such as safe operational and maintenance procedures, there is an important contribution that can be made during the design phase of a new project.
The first step is to include electrical safety at an early stage in the high level design documents for the project. This may be achieved by having electrical safety quantified within the design goals, design reviews and evaluation criteria for the electrical system.
Basically the electrical risks need to be identified during the design stage. Action can be taken during this stage to implement engineered control of the risks. The safety criteria can be determined. The applicable legal requirements and safety related standards can be identified. A procedure for standardising solutions to electrical risks can be prepared. References can be made to the appropriate work place health and safety guidelines, safety codes and industry practices.
It is too late once the design is complete and the project moves to construction. A rigorous safety audit of the proposed design can be used to confirm the corrective measures. The whole process should be documented and tackled with appropriate due diligence.
Safety risk assessment can be included in the design review procedures. The aim is either minimise or eliminate the risk through engineering.
Action to be taken during the electrical design includes:
BESST is able to provide assistance in enhancing electrical safety through design. BESST is able to prepare high level documentation, identify electrical risks and determine methods of risk control.