Portable Electric Tools and Equipment

UNB Reference Number: 7819
Authorized by: Thomas J. Condon, Acting President,
Effective Date: December 12, 1979
Revised: September 2001
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Intent

To outline the hazards and regulations associated with portable electric tools and equipment.

Scope

All University personnel required to use portable electric tools and equipment.

Hazards

The use of ungrounded portable electric tools and equipment can result in fatal electrical shock. This is especially true with portable tools where the metal frame can become energized as a result of the insulation breaking down or by bridging from motor parts to the frame.

Regulations

  • All portable electric tools and equipment used on Campus shall be approved by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA).
  • All portable electric tools and equipment shall be effectively grounded by means of a ground wire connecting the metal frame of the tool to as 3-wire polarized plug or be double insulated.
  • All electric extension cords used in conjunction with portable electric tools and equipment shall be of standard heavy duty 3-wire cord, one wire of which shall be grounding conductor, and shall be equipped with a 3-pronged grounding plug.
  • Electric extension cords shall not be used for permanent extension of electrical service in a building.
  • All portable electric tools and extension cords shall be inspected daily and maintained in a safe condition.
  • Employees shall not wear gloves, loose clothing or jewellery while using revolving power tools; eye protection shall be used as required under UNB Safety Policy number 7805.
  • Electrical lines, extension cords or hoses shall not cross aisles or work areas creating a hazard to other employees.

(N.B. Occupational Health & Safety Regulations)