Introduction

With all of the knowledge, standards, and regulations concerning electrical safety procedures and hazard assessments in today's industry, risk management should be a priority not an option. This paper addresses the decision-making techniques needed to make sound electrical safety decisions using established industry standards and regulations; understanding electrical hazards; understanding the shock and arc flash hazard analysis; and the electrical safety and risk assessment (audit) process.

Managing risk means that the electrical hazards must first be identified, through assessments and analysis, and then prioritized in order to minimize, monitor, and control the probability and impact of unfortunate incidents and events that may occur.

Developing an effective electrical safety risk management plan is a critical part of any project or business. Unfortunately, this process is often overlooked or avoided due to inadequate knowledge of the electrical hazards and the requirements for electrical safety analysis, programs, procedures, and training. If everything goes smoothly and without incident that approach works great, however, issues do arise, incidents do occur, and without a well developed plan, even small issues can become emergencies or catastrophic events. In this paper we will look at risk management and assessments from the standpoint of planning for adverse events or incidents.

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