Speakers: Stephen Hester, Saber Power Services
Since the earliest days of the electrical industry both employers and employees have sought to identify electrical hazards and determine the best way to control them. This resulted in a cookie-cutter approach to electrical safety issues where the presence of a hazard resulted in the employment of uniform procedures. The hazard analysis concept has been formalized into a process used throughout the industry. The problem is that a hazard assessment by itself is not sufficient and may result in the selection of inadequate or incorrect control measures. The inclusion of risk in the 2015 edition of the NFPA 70E introduced another way to think about electrical hazard assessments as well as how we should conduct them. There is more to risk management than identifying hazards and choosing personal protective equipment. This paper will discuss the importance of understanding how hazards and risk differ, the importance of properly assessing risk, and the factors that influence our perception of risk.
Keywords: electrical, hazard, risk, risk management, hazard assessment, risk assessment, electrical safety, safe work practices, normalization of deviance, human error, human performance issues