Your work station contains electrical equipment that can cause—if improperly installed—serious and irreversible damage.
- Never use an electrical cable whose power cord is damaged, cracked or produces excessive heat.
- Always ensure that the power cord is not caught or compressed in another object.
- An extension cord is designed for occasional use during short periods of time. If long-term use of an extension cord is necessary, make sure you are using conforming equipment.
- Power sockets with multiple plugs should only be used for low-energy appliances such as table lamps, radios or computer components.
- Avoid installing wires and electrical cables in a way that increases the risk of objects falling.
- Keep curtains, objects and furniture away from electric baseboard heating.
- Always use electric appliances carrying the seal of an accredited certification body, for example the CSA (Canadian Standard Association).
If you use a space heater during a cold spell…
- Keep it far from furniture, curtains and other flammable materials.
- Plug it directly into a socket, not into an extension cord or power bar.
- Do not use it on a prolonged basis. If you need a permanent heating source, contact a qualified person to install a heater.
For more information on electrical safety, visit the Sécurité publique Québec website at securitepublique.gouv.qc.ca/en.
If you come across one of these potential hazards or have a question on electrical safety, please contact Health, Safety and Well-Being in the Workplace at 514 731-1386, extension 2348 or on Lotus at Prevention.firstname.lastname@example.org.