Assured Equipment Grounding Program
1. Review any accidents or "near accidents" from the past week.
2. Describe the hazards of the work as they relate to your project. Explain or show the SAFE way of doing the job.
3. Give the TOOL BOX SAFETY TALK
Grounding is one recognized means of preventing injury during electrical equipment use. Construction employers are required by OSHA to use either ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) or use an Assured Equipment Grounding Program (AEGP) to protect employees from hazards. Here are some key elements of an AEGP:
* When used on construction sites, the AEGP covers all cord sets, receptacles which are not part of the building or structure, and equipment connected by cord and plug which are available for use or used by employees.
* Specifically, an AEGP covers receptacles or 120-volt, single-phase, or 30-amperes, and must comply with OSHA's requirements for GFCI's.
* An AEGP requires that each cord set, attachment cap, plug and receptacle of cord sets, and any equipment connected by cord and plug, except cord sets and receptacles which are fixed and not exposed to damage, shall be visually inspected before each day's use for external defects such as: deformed or missing pins, insulation damage, or indications of possible internal damage. Equipment found damaged or defective shall not be used until repaired.
* An AEGP requires two OSHA-required tests on all electrical equipment: a continuity test and a terminal connection tests to ensure that grounding systems are working properly.
* The AEGP requires testing of electrical equipment before first use; after any repairs before placing back in service; after suspected damage, and before returning to use; and every three months.
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