Imagine running your business without electricity? It seems impossible to fathom in this day and age; it empowers us to maintain smooth, streamlined operations – and to simply turn on the lights in the morning or power up the computers so you can answer all those emails! At the same time, safety is a significant concern as electrical hazards are a major cause of disruptions, fires, shocks, and injury. This is where electrical regulations come in. Whether you are building a new space, remodeling an historic building, have a large complex to manage, or you are just maintaining your current space, what does your business need to know in order to put safety first and comply with applicable codes?
Electrical codes are complex and ever evolving. When trying to make sense of what this means for your business, it is helpful to start with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines. OSHA regulations cover three phases of electrical safety:
OTHER ELECTRICAL REGULATIONS BUSINESSES NEED TO KNOW
In addition to OSHA’s electrical regulations, there are some basics of which every employer should be aware:
These are just some of the electrical regulations for businesses. The National Electric Code (NEC), for example, which is a standard most states have adopted, runs about 1000 pages. For a layperson, deciphering the codes is daunting. At the same time, complying with applicable codes and best practices for electrical safety is a must.
Reach out to the professionals. At Jefferson Electric, we are electrical energy specialists who are committed to continuous learning – we read the NEC so you don’t have to! We will help you understand applicable electrical regulations and codes and implement effective safety procedures for your business. If you have questions or concerns about your current practices, equipment, training initiatives, or code compliance, do not hesitate to contact us.