Assured Grounding color coding for equipment

A guide to being compliant with OSHA safety inspection requirements

Electrical hazards can be found in nearly every industrial workplace. Whether the hazard is posed by worn or damaged power tools or cords, improperly grounded tools or equipment, or the presence of standing water, it is the responsibility of the company to make sure the tools and equipment employees use are in safe working order, and that processes are in place to protect employees from electrical energy sources. With a simple guide to compliance, employers can ensure that their workers are properly protected from the risks associated with electricity. By following the guidelines set out by this program, businesses can significantly reduce workplace accidents and injuries related to electric shock or fire hazards.

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What is an Assured Equipment Grounding Conductor Program?

An assured grounding program is a comprehensive system of safety measures designed to protect personnel and equipment from the risks associated with electrical hazards. It includes preventive maintenance, training, inspections, testing and corrective action when necessary. The goal of an assured grounding program is to ensure that all electrical systems are properly grounded at all times in order to reduce or eliminate the risk of electric shock or fire due to faulty wiring or other conditions. By implementing an effective assurance grounding program, businesses can help maintain a safe working environment for their employees while ensuring compliance with applicable safety regulations.

How does the Assured Grounding Program work?

An assured grounding program consists of:

  • Written part describing the procedures for equipment testing to be performed by a competent person on each piece of equipment every three months;
  • Daily visual inspections;
  • Methods to detect faulty ground wire in an extension cord or tool (continuity test, polarity test);
  • Test results recording according to OSHA requirements.

When should equipment be tested?

Testing frequency of each tool or extension cord generally are : 

  • Before the equipment is first used;
  • Before it is returned to service after any repairs;
  • Before the equipment is reused after damage is suspected to have occurred;
  • At intervals not going beyond three months.

Why is tagging important?

An assured grounding program has very strict compliance and inspection requirements but it definitely decreases the chances of injury in the workplace and increases employees’ protection.

 OSHA requires test results to be recorded. Two popular record-keeping systems, that are often used in conjunction, are a test log and a color-coded tagging system

Test Tags should be hard-wearing and built for industrial environments. In the event a Test Tag has fallen off, or become illegible, it is important to re-test and re-tag the equipment for safe use.

Test Tags can be customized with numbering systems, barcodes, Qr codes, company logos, inspection details to suit all business needs.

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Color Coded Record Keeping system: How does it work?

One way to set up a proper record-keeping system is to develop a written log and then color coding with a tape after the competent person completes the test. 

The log keeps track of the date each piece of equipment is tested and its maintenance history. The tape indicates the condition of the equipment. 

If the extension cord passes its test, it can be tagged with a color coding with tape that relates to the time of year: white for winter, green for spring, red for summer and orange for fall; in this way the end user can easily identify if the equipment has been recently tested and is safe to use. These tags help identify any potential issues quickly and effectively so that they may be addressed before they become dangerous or costly mistakes.

However, most of the time electrical tapes, cable ties and paint often fail and become illegible with time because of weather conditions or inappropriate material.  Color-coded Test Tags, on the other hand, are an ideal solution as they are tough enough to resist the harsh environment in which they operate as well as they give the right visibility and information, for both ensuring  compliance and safety in the workplace. In addition to that, they can be customised if you might require some specific information to be included.

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The Assured Grounding program color coded test tags provide an essential layer of protection for employees working in potentially hazardous electrical environments. With a simple guide to compliance, employers can ensure that their workers are properly protected from the risks associated with electricity. By following the guidelines set out by this program, businesses can significantly reduce workplace accidents and injuries related to electric shock or fire hazards.  Investing in a guide to compliance is an excellent way for companies to protect their most valuable asset – their employees! 

Download our Assured Grounding checklist here!

Download here our Assured Grounding Color Code checklist to make sure you stay compliant with the Assured grounding safety requirements. Or get in touch with us if you need help or professional advice about tags or labels.

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