ELECTRICAL AND GENERAL SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
Upon completion of this chapter, you will be able to do the following:
Describe the basic safety requirements for working with electricity.
Identify various sources of information regarding safety.
Identify various warning tags, signs, and plates.
Explain the purpose for equipment tag-out procedures.
Describe the safety procedures to follow when working on or with various
tools, equipment, and machinery.
Describe basic first-aid procedures to use on electrical shock victims.
Describe the Navy's Hearing Conservation and Noise Abatement Programs.
Describe the Navy's Heat Stress Control Program.
environment and to outline means for avoiding
mishaps, a number of safety precautions that are
It is Navy policy to provide a safe and healthy
likely to concern IC Electricians at one time or
work place for all personnel. These conditions can be
another are listed in this chapter. You need to exercise
ensured through an aggressive and comprehensive
caution in these areas. This chapter will further give
occupational safety and health program fully
you some facts so you can teach safety accurately and
endorsed by the Secretary of the Navy and
effectively. Finally, it will give the approved methods
implemented through the appropriate chain of
of action so you will be able to rehearse your actions
and thus be ready in the event of a casualty.
Remember: Mishaps seldom just happen; they are
The material discussed in this chapter stresses the
caused. Another point to remember is to never let
i m p o r t a n c e of electrical and general safety
familiarity breed contempt. Hundreds of people have
precautions. All electrical equipment is hazardous;
been injured by mishaps and many have died from
therefore, all safety precautions must be strictly
injuries. Most mishaps could have been prevented had
observed. The primary goals of an effective safety
the individuals involved heeded the appropriate safety
program are to protect personnel and material and to
precautions. Preventing mishaps that are avoidable is
ensure that unsafe equipment operations do not occur.
one of your highest priorities.
As a petty officer, you have the responsibility to
recognize unsafe conditions and to take appropriate
actions to correct any discrepancies. You must always
observe safety precautions when working on
equipment or operating machinery. You should also
All individuals have the responsibility to
know and be able to perform the proper action when
understand and observe safety standards and
a mishap occurs.
regulations that are established for the prevention of
injury to themselves and other people and damage to
In the interest of making Navy personnel aware of
property and equipment. As an individual, you have a
the dangers confronting them in their workplace