Making Generator Safety Your Top Priority
Generator safety isn’t something you want to overlook. Regular reminders regarding the proper operation of your generator sets can help keep your employees safe from harm. It also reduces the risk of costly damage to your systems. When it comes to safety in the workplace, the following safety tips are worth memorizing, repeating, and regularly questioning your employees over. The more you go over these, the more likely these actions will become second nature to your employees.
Safety Starts with Proper Installation
Inspect the installation of your back-up generator system. Make sure that electrical, ventilation, fuel, coolant, and other connections are tight and secure. You will also want to check the mounting and fuel storage tanks to ensure that they comply with local building codes, OSHA regulations, etc.
Train Employees to Use and Monitor the Generator
A well-trained employee is one who has the skills and knowledge required to monitor generator function and operation. Employees should have a solid understanding of generator operation, generator safety, the principles of power production, and emergency response procedures. It is advisable to cross-train employees so that you have multiple personnel capable of managing your generator systems.
Maintain Your Generator Systems
Poor maintenance is a leading cause of generator failures. When parts aren’t maintained, the risk of electrocution, explosion, or fire starts to rise. The longer a loose connection, leaky hose, or exposed wire is left unchecked, the higher the risk of damage to the unit and personal injuries. Performing regular maintenance inspections per manufacturer guidelines and industry requirements is not something to ignore.
Regularly Inspect Fuel Storage Tanks
Fires are far from fun, and leaky tanks are a common cause of fires in the workplace. Periodically inspect your fuel tanks to ensure that there are no leaks and that pressure valves, shut-off valves, pumps, etc. are functioning properly. You will also want to repair any damage to the spill containment berm caused by vehicle traffic, erosion, etc.
It Is Vital to Ventilate
Ventilation problems can have deadly results. Exhaust fumes, fuel spills, and other emissions can cause life-threatening injuries to workers. Regularly testing your ventilation systems ensures that toxic fumes don’t build up around the worksite. You should check your ventilation weekly, and pay close attention if your employees complain of the buildup of noxious gases and odors.
Promptly Remove Debris
Storms blow, machines will move, and flammable materials will get strewn around the worksite during regular operations. Make sure that you immediately remove flammable materials and other debris from around the generator and fuel storage tanks. Removing fuel sources helps prevent fires and prevent damage to the generator.
Contact Gen-Tech Power Generation Specialists at (800) 625-8324 for more tips on generator safety. We are always happy to help our clients identify ways to keep their employees and systems safe from harm.