RTS Corporation: Safety and the Electrical Power Industry
RTS Corporation provides engineering services and OEM equipment for the oil, gas, and power generation industries. With all of the experience that we have gained in working with a variety of clients in these industries, we have developed a deep understanding of how important safety is across many workplaces and industries.
Not just safety in equipment, but in processes, policy development, staff training, facility design and functionality, and much more. In this blog, RTS Corporation takes a closer look at some specifics for safety considerations in the electrical power generation industry.
OSHA and Related Regulations on Safety
Whatever industry you operate in, following OSHA regulations is essential if you are based in the United States. OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is part of the US Department of Labor and determines a variety of guidelines across all industries for the health and safety of American workers.
When it comes to industrial or manufacturing work, OSHA has a long list of highly specific standards and regulations. This includes anything from the condition and use of fixed ladders, to the storage and handling of volatile substances, to the operation of helicopters. You can find all of their industrial guidelines on their official website.
For more general safety guidelines, RTS Corporation recommends you pay close attention to the environment your staff is working in. This is as true for an established facility as it is for one that is being planned. Neglecting safety, either through cutting corners or not being aware of hazards, is extremely dangerous.
For the electrical power industry, this includes factors such as the proper condition of cables and connections, along with the proper facility design considerations to ensure that cables and connections are fitted and secured safely. Keeping a facility clean and free of moisture and damp is vital too, as these can increase the risk of fire and electrocution. In order to avoid accidents, any tools related to maintenance must be kept away from the facility floor and industrial equipment must be secured properly when not in use.
Safety Gear and Staff Training
When it comes to accidents, providing the right safety gear for all staff — from the technicians on-site every day to administration officials touring the facility — is essential. Non-conductive equipment must be available, including helmets, gloves, footwear, eye protection, and insulated tools such as non-conductive rope.
Quality Equipment and Good Practices
The team at RTS Corporation would also like to stress the importance of quality in your equipment as it pertains to the safety of your facility. This does not just mean the quality of the machinery, but also of any all of the equipment and safety gear that your technicians and engineers will use. It also means their training. Proper safety training and adhering to industry-standard best practices is absolutely vital to the safety of your staff, the functioning of your facility, and the integrity of your operation.
Contact RTS Corporation About Engineering Services
RTS Corporation does not just provide advice for the electrical power generation industry, but also for oil, gas, and alternative forms of power and engineering applications. We are dedicated to being an invaluable resource for complex projects requiring innovative design solutions. Contact us to talk about our engineering services today.