Safety Tips For Dealing With A Power Outage In The Workplace

Power outages can be a bit startling, especially when you’re not in the comfort of your home and in a potentially hazardous work environment. The outages can be rather inconvenient and can result in less work being completed and could bring a sense of panic to the worksite. Outages can strike at unexpected times and when the power is restored can be even less predictable. When the outages are due to extreme weather, ensure there is a safe place for people to retreat to for shelter. Communication in these situations will be very important. Be sure to follow directions and updates from your city’s emergency services.

We’ve taken the time to provide you with some information that you can use to safely deal with any possible power outages that may occur within the workplace. There may be additional precautions depending on the nature of your worksite, so be thorough when preparing a plan for a power outage. When adequately prepared, it will allow you and your team to remain calm. It is essential to have procedures in place when power is lost as it could mean phone, internet and information access is reduced or interrupted.

Power Outage Safety Checklist

  • Have emergency supplies at hand.
  • Have fresh batteries and flashlights available.
  • Have a battery-powered, portable television or radio on standby.
  • Have a wind-up or battery-powered clock available.
  • Have non-perishable food and water stocked up.
  • Have cash at hand, since ATM’s may not function.
  • Have a cell phone or a hardwire, single-line telephone to make necessary phone calls.
  • Ensure that you know how to manually open and close any electric security gates, garage doors.
  • Ensure that you protect your computers, along with any other electronic equipment present, with a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) unit.
  • Ensure that you have an emergency action plan (that your employees are familiar with) prepared.
  • Ensure that you have an emergency plan prepared, for any employee who depends on medical equipment. Make sure that you have a back-up power source or transport available, in case it’s necessary.
  • Ensure that you have a battery back-up system in place, to cater for smoke alarms that are wired to the electrical system of the building.
  • Ensure that you have all your battery-operated exit lights checked so that they will work during an emergency.
  • Ensure that you are aware of the operating requirements for your gas equipment so that you will know what will or will not work in the event of a power outage.

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