Now that you've finished with Implementation, you electrical safety program is almost complete. The only things left to do are to figure out how to keep track of your electrical safety program, and how to improve it. You can do this with Documentation, Evaluation, and Corrective Action.
Unlike our article on Document Housekeeping, Documentation is a section of your electrical safety program that outlines how you'll be recording everything. You'll need to sort out how it is that you will be documenting your safety program. This includes training manuals, energy study reports, safety meetings, and accident reports.. You'll also want to define who is responsible for keeping this documentation up to date, and you'll want to figure out the optimal documentation format to make sure that everyone is compliant with the electrical safety program.
Evaluation and Corrective Action
Finally, you need a section for Evaluation and Corrective Action of your electrical safety program. At a minimum, electrical safety programs should be reviewed annually, but this timeline can be customized based on your business.
You need to define how you're going to measure the success of your electrical safety program so that you can come up with a plan to correct any problem areas. Processes like safety audits and accident investigations (including who is responsible for each) can go here.
The best electrical safety programs are not designed perfectly on their first attempt, iteration is key to keeping your work environment safe.
Above all, know that this guide is simply a brief overview to help get you started on the right path, and is not even close to an exhaustive list of procedures for creating your electrical safety program. Always consult your national and local electrical safety standards, as well as any extra guides that delve into more detail on the specifics of how you should go about pursuing each of the topics listed above. A great starting resource is “Electrical Safety Handbook, fourth edition”, by Cadick, Capelli-Schellpfeffer, Neitzel, and Winfeld.
This post is part 8 of the "Electrical Safety Program Development" series:
- How to Create an Electrical Safety Program
- Electrical Safety Program: Getting Started
- Your Electrical Safety Program: Document Housekeeping
- Electrical Safety Program: Health and Safety, Your Roles and Responsibilities
- Electrical Safety Program: Planning Standards and Hazard Identification
- Electrical Safety Program: Planning Risk Assessment - What Makes an Electrically Safe Working Condition?
- Electrical Safety Program: Training and Clear Communication
- Electrical Safety Program Wrap Up: Documentation, Evaluation and Corrective Action