Friday, June 01, 2007

Keep Your Office Safe From Electrical Hazards

Keeping your office safe from electrical injuries and from trip-and-fall accidents ...

If yours is the type of office where computers, printers, monitors, scanners, lamps, CD players, cell phones and iPod chargers typically are plugged into one inexpensive, overloaded power strip, the nonprofit Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) cautions that such a practice not only is unsightly but also dangerous.

According ESFI, overloaded electrical circuits pose both an electrocution and fire hazard. While the number of outlets in offices often is a factor that is out of employers' – and employees' – control, ESFI recommends these steps to stay safe from electrical hazards:

If you must use a power strip, use a name-brand product from a reputable retailer. Low-quality or counterfeit power strips may contain wiring that isn't adequate to carry the load.

• Place power strips where there is plenty of air circulation to disperse heat.

• Do not attempt to plug grounded (three-prong) cords into ungrounded (two-slot) outlets.

• Do not bind, kink or knot electrical cords."    (Continued via Occupational Hazards)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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