By: Jean Paulene S. Alvarez
On May 30, 2022, Provincial Science & Technology Center (PSTC) - Laguna invited the Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers of the Philippines Inc. – East Laguna Chapter to conduct Basic Electrical Safety Awareness Training for Science and Technology's Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) and Grants-in-Aid (GIA) assisted MSMEs in observance with National Electrical Safety Month. The training rendered was led by their Chapter President, Engr. Raniel Louie W. Mendiola together with Engr. Ferdinand Marcelo L. Abanto, Vice President Internal and Engr. Mohamadzali G. Bandao, Chapter Treasurer.
During the training, the technical speakers discussed the importance of having electrical practitioners as employees or consultants in a company to assure that the company has a safe and compliant electrical system. Their discussion touched on the Philippine Electrical Code (PEC) for the safe installation of electrical equipment and wiring that also covers basic materials quality and electrical work standards for the safe use of electricity for light, heat, power, communications, signaling, and other purposes.
Engr. Mendiola, defined an electrical hazard as a dangerous condition such that contact or equipment failure can result in electric shock, arc-flash burn, thermal burn, or blast. He showed some examples of electrical hazards that can be seen in a workplace. He also played video clips showing the results of electrical hazards in the workplace such as burns, blasts, explosions, electrocution, fires, loss of property, and even loss of lives.
Likewise, Engr. Bandao tackled the importance of observing all electrical safety requirements and practices. He enumerated some good practices in attaining an electrically safe working place such as taking electrical risk assessment, training safety workers, and good electrical safety management. He ended his presentation with the Hierarchy of Health and Safety Controls based on effectiveness.
Lastly, Engr. Abanto presented the response in the event of an electrical accident. Wherein he tackled the importance of having a safe and compliant electrical system. He also gave the different Personal Protective Equipment depending on the exposure in electrical works. He also gave the importance of having a qualified person to handle the electrical system and electrical equipment in the workplace. He taught the contact release training wherein he gave the procedures on how to respond in an emergency such as an electrical hazard.
The technical speakers challenged the participants to exert further efforts in providing familiarization amongst their respective company personnel regarding the location of the source of the electricity including outlets, circuit breakers, fuse box, and general/main switch. They likewise reminded the participants to be electrically safe not only in the workplace but also at home.
Electricity is a very serious hazard in every workplace and can cause significant injuries, loss of property, and even death. Electrical hazards are not something that everyone is aware of and knowledgeable about that’s why it is imperative to have a basic electrical safety training like this at the minimum so that our beneficiaries develop an awareness of the importance of electrical safety and avoid potential electrical hazards in working place.