Handbook of International Electrical Safety Practices by Scrivener Publishing
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Handbook of International Electrical Safety Practices by Scrivener Publishing

PREFACE TO Handbook of International Electrical Safety Practices

The Handbook of International Electrical Safety Practices Handbook of International Electrical Safety Practices is intended for the electricity generating, power transmission and distribution sectors.

Electricity is an essential ingredient of our lives and has vast social implications to all nations. It is perhaps among the greatest and most important developments of the 20th century that continues to touch our lives daily.

The economic and social developments of nations have been intrinsically coupled to electricity use. The lack of electricity, or insufficient electricity, is a concern of virtually all governments.

Electricity is in fact one of the prime measures of a nation's wealth and it defines the quality of life. Electricity generation does come with a cost to the environment and there are long term impacts to the health and well-being of communities.

These however, are topics for examining in other publications. This volume has been prepared by the staff of Princeton Energy Resources International (PERI). PERI has a long history of working in the power sector with staff and principals' experiences stretching back decades.

PERI has assembled its own decades of knowledge and surveyed the international literature to assemble this reference for practitioners in the electricity sector.

The Handbook of International Electrical Safety Practices handbook is an assemblage of best international management practices for the safe handling operations of personnel working in generation, transmission and dealing with power distribution issues.

It is intended as a practical desk reference to which technicians, engineers, supervisors, line personnel and business managers with worker safety responsibility can refer.

The Handbook of International Electrical Safety Practices handbook covers a broad spectrum of subjects related to physical, chemical, thermal, energizing, and other hazards that may be encountered while working with energizing sources and transmission systems.

The Handbook of International Electrical Safety Practices handbook may also serve as a basis for developing site specific health and safety programs, industrial hygiene programs, worker safety training and recertification programs, in establishing safety and worker training recordkeeping and monitoring programs, and much more.

There are eight chapters to the Handbook of International Electrical Safety Practices handbook. Chapter one addresses procedures and provides guidance on how companies can effectively evaluate their safety programs.

Good safety records can only be achieved when there is a cultural basis for working safely and applying best management practices within the corporate environment.

This chapter covers the topics of creation of a safety culture within the organization, adoption of good housekeeping practices and employee orientation.

Chapter two covers instrumentation, specifically, meters and various types of monitors and sensors that are relied upon by industry for air quality testing, noise level testing, electronics testing, and others.

Chapter three covers general best safety practices in the areas of chemicals, performing job hazards assessments, the types and use of personal protective equipment, first aid and resuscitation, fire prevention and protection, and safely working in excavations and other confined spaces and other areas.

Chapter four addresses the safe use of various field equipment, including hand tools and workshop tools and machinery, ladder and scaffolding safety, forklift safety, crane operation, work platforms, safely working with compressed gas cylinders, drum handling safety, and safe welding practices.

Chapter five covers electrical safety. This chapter includes detailed discussions and best practices for electrical shock and lockout and tagout procedures along with sample forms to use in the field, lineman general safe work practices, electrical safe work practices planning,

safe use of electrical equipment, working near power lines, and functional safety practices for electrical power transmission.

Chapter six covers the subject of worker safety rules. Topics covered include critical incident stress, working with toxic chemicals, working with electrical protective devices, hand protection, performing hazard assessments and additional guidance on personal protective equipment selection, sanitation and industrial hygiene.

This section covers additional guidance and topical discussions on marking and labeling physical hazards, the use of accident prevention signs and posters, fire protection and other topics.

Chapter seven covers recommended protocols and practices for recordkeeping, worker training, performing safety inspections and accident investigation and reporting. Chapter eight covers risk and vulnerability assessments.

Vulnerability assessment practices have become much more critical since the days of 9/11 and should be an integral part of any safety program in order to ensure the protection of workers, communities and assets.

This volume has been the labor of the entire Princeton Energy Resources team under the overall guidance of its principal, Adolfo Menéndez.

His years of experience have contributed greatly to the technical content of this work and his dedication of resources and staff time in the preparation of this industry reference is a testament to the company's commitment to safe work practices.

Special thanks and appreciation is extended to Scrivener Publishing for their tireless efforts in the publication of this work.

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