The world today is characterized by the widespread and increasing use of electricity. Electricity has become invaluable, at home, in the factory, in the office, at school, in the hospital, on the farm, in transportation, in communications...
However, while electricity makes it possible for the good things we've become used to, it also requires care in use: incorrect use can cause serious and irrecoverable damage, or even death.
Electrical accidents are usually the result of ignorance, recklessness, or neglect. A large number of accidents occur because people do not know how to deal with the electrical risk, because appliances or electrical installations are not in good condition, or because the risk is underestimated.
When misused, all forms of energy can be dangerous.
When used poorly, electricity can cause damage to people and installations.
Electricity is a very discrete form of energy (it has no smell, it is invisible, it cannot normally be heard). It is recognized only as a consequence of itsimmediate effects, which contributes to the adoption of some less safe behaviour.
It is therefore essential to respect safety instructions, procedures, and distances when using electrical appliances or carrying out work in the vicinity of electrical installations.
Work in electrical installations must be carried out by qualified professionals and, as a rule, when the installation has been disconnected.
The first step to working safely in an electrical installation is to disconnect it and the electrical consignment of the parts of the installation in which the work is to be performed. The consignment status will remain in place for the duration of the work.
Electrical consignment is a guarantee the electrical works are carried out safely by isolating all energy sources, thereby obviating the electrical risk.