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Published October 14th, 2020

What is an Electrical Inspection Checklist?

An electrical inspection checklist is an essential tool to determine if your workers and worksite conditions adhere to electrical compliance safety rules. Electrical equipment should undergo quality and safety checks before operating. Inadequate checks and poor training can lead to serious electrical injuries and fatalities.

What do Electrical Safety Checks Involve?

An electrical safety checklist accompanies a site walkthrough to identify and report on common electrical hazards. This involves checking if safety barriers and signs are in place, ensuring that tools and equipment are in pristine condition, and looking for exposed wiring that needs proper guarding mechanisms among others.

In this article, we will briefly discuss the following:

Top 3 Reasons to Perform Electrical Inspections

An electrical inspection is performed by a qualified person who is trained and knowledgeable in the construction and operation of electrical systems. It helps to identify unsafe equipment, faulty installation, and unfollowed work practices. Here are the key reasons why you should perform electrical inspections:

To Keep Electrical Hazards at Bay

OSHA recorded that electrocution is the most common hazard and one of the fatal 4 across the construction industry. Performing electrical inspections help prevent electrical hazards in the workplace and ensures a safe environment for all employees.

To Ensure Compliance with Regulatory Standards

Businesses need to comply with regulatory standards to prevent unnecessary incidents, lawsuits, and criminal investigations. Complying with OSHA’s electrical standards helps to protect employees from exposure to danger such as electric shock, electrocution, fires, and explosions.

To Secure Insurance Claims

Insurance companies require evidence to support insurance claims. Accurate record-keeping serves as a record in the event of incidents and damages. It substantiates the facts that you have gathered during the electrical inspection.

Developing an Electrical Maintenance Checklist and Plan

Electrical safety inspections are an essential part of an overarching electrical maintenance plan. Coming up with an effective electrical maintenance checklist and plan requires the following resources:

A dedicated team and budget
An in-house facilities team must have at least one electrician, maybe more depending on the size of the building and how much equipment and wiring is involved in its operation. Allocating sufficient funds to the facilities team to cover electrician salaries, including maintenance tools, and equipment, is the first step to having an effective electrical maintenance plan.

Knowledge of the specific electrical equipment on-hand
While almost all equipment and facilities used in business operations are powered by electricity, not all of them work the same way. For example, fuses and circuit-breakers need to match the circuits they are protecting so they can effectively stop electrical overloads when they occur. Knowing the working details of your operation’s electrical equipment is a must since electrical maintenance plans should be tailored in order to be effective.

Back-up equipment and materials for necessary repairs and replacements
Finding out what needs fixing and replacing is half the electrical maintenance plans’ job. The other half is actually fixing and replacing the electrical equipment critical to the continued operation of the business. For this reason, an inventory of back-up equipment and materials must be available so the necessary repairs and replacements can be done as soon as potential problems are identified.

A regular electrical maintenance schedule
In most business operations, electrical equipment and wiring are constantly at work. After sufficient wear and tear, dangerous electrical malfunctions are more likely to occur. A regular electrical maintenance schedule must be established and diligently followed in order to identify dangerous instances of equipment and wiring damage before they cause accidents that can lead to injuries or fatalities.

Complete, easily accessible electrical maintenance logs
Each time a scheduled or ad-hoc electrical maintenance check is done, electricians and other maintenance personnel must record and document their findings and observations. Prior to performing the subsequent electrical maintenance check, they must consult the previous maintenance check’s observations and notes to inform their inspection. This is why a complete database of easily accessible electrical maintenance logs must be maintained.

Streamline Electrical Safety Auditing With a Mobile App

Electrical safety is the responsibility of all business operations. Not only does it concern the safety of your workers and personnel, your operational efficiency can also be hindered by poor electrical safety and maintenance practices.

With the help of a powerful mobile app such as iAuditor by SafetyCulture, you can take advantage of these useful features that can help streamline your electrical safety and maintenance auditing experience:

  • Go paperless and convert your existing electrical inspection checklists and templates into our digital format. You can also create smart templates from scratch using our drag-and-drop template builder; no coding needed
  • Perform inspections on-the-go using your mobile device even while offline. iAuditor automatically saves your inspection data once you connect to the internet
  • Take pictures and annotate identified risks and important findings for a more comprehensive report
  • Immediately generate professional reports after completing your inspection and automatically send them to the right personnel, making visibility and reporting easier
  • Save all of your inspection and maintenance reports via unlimited and secure cloud storage

Author

Juhlian Pimping

SafetyCulture Staff Writer

Juhlian Pimping has been writing about safety and quality topics for SafetyCulture since 2018. Before writing for SafetyCulture full-time, Juhlian worked in customer service and wrote for an Australian RTO.