May is observed as National Electrical Safety Month by the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI). This nonprofit organization is dedicated to promoting electrical safety in our homes, institutions, workplaces, and communities.
With an increased number of students learning in remote settings and faculty and staff working remotely this past year, it's important that everyone is aware of the safety measures that come with this increasing amount of electrical usage.
Electrical incidents are just one of the many hazardous incidents that can occur on campus, including weather-related incidents (hurricanes or tornadoes), crime-related incidents (burglaries and assaults), etc. Here are a few statistics to better understand hazardous incidents on campus:
As we recognize National Electrical Safety Month, it is important to acknowledge that electrical usage has become a major aspect of our lives, especially with students. Students use electronics for learning, working, and socializing, which has increased even more throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. That being said, these helpful devices can become major risks when used improperly and can lead to electrical hazards.
Here are a few safety tips (provided by SafeElectricity.org) to prevent electrical accidents and fires while living on campus:
So, how does an institution promote electrical safety tips and/or preventative strategies? Here are a few creative ways:
You can download copies of these PDFs and learn more about Electrical Safety Month from the ESFI organization's website: here
In addition, colleges and universities have found that Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Platforms can better help them increase campus safety, manage and trend safety data, reduce risk, and ensure compliance. Here are the benefits:
Lastly, EHS Platforms can be used to report incidents related to weather, crimes, accidents, construction, and much more.
Vector Solutions wants to help your institution increase campus safety with our Vector EHS Platform, which can help you efficiently manage and trend safety data, reduce risk, and ensure compliance. Vector EHS can help you better manage the following activities:
Watch our on-demand webinar “EHS Management Solutions to Help Campuses Reduce Risk and Improve Safety and Compliance” webinar with experts, Clare Epstein and Scott Stone.
Learn about some of the most common safety data sets that institutions can use to measure their safety performance and how our Vector EHS Management Platform can be used to manage safety activities to reduce risk and improve compliance and safety.
This webinar covers how institutions can monitor: