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Tips for substation safety: useful insights by a manufacturer of power distribution structures

A substation is an invaluable part of an electrical generation, transmission and distribution system. Its primary function is to transform voltage from low to high and from high to low, but it also performs a number of other important functions. Transmission substations step down high-voltage power and pass it on to distribution sub-stations, where the voltage is further reduced suitably before being supplied to different types of consumers. Substations are also used to route power to different destinations, such as factories or homes. As a manufacturer of transmission and distribution of electrical power structures, we share with you tips for substation safety:

 

1. Securing perimeter area:

Perimeter security is critical to the safety and well-being of any site or facility. Installing a fence is one of the most effective ways to deter trespassers and protect against potential hazards. There are a variety of fence materials available, each with its own advantages. Metallic fences are strong and durable but can be expensive. Non-metallic fences are less costly but may not provide as much security. Warning signs should be posted on all fences to deter would-be trespassers and ensure that everyone is aware of the potential dangers. Regular maintenance is also essential to keep fences in good repair and prevent washouts or other damage. By taking these simple steps, you can help minimize safety threats from the outside environment.

 

2. Restricting or prohibiting visitor access:

Substations are critical components of the power grid and they must be treated with care. Visitors can pose a serious safety hazard, as they may not be familiar with the equipment or the dangers involved. To prevent accidents, it is best to either restrict or prohibit visitors from entering substations. If it is absolutely necessary to allow visitors, they should be accompanied by experienced personnel and given proper safety gear.

 

3. Monitoring/ guiding vehicular traffic:

Monitoring and guiding vehicles that enter substations are critical to preventing accidents. Clearance between the roof of the vehicle and overhead lines must be ensured, as well as between the vehicle and elevated equipment within the substation. Drivers must be proactive in ensuring safe navigation. Additionally, mobile hoisting equipment and cranes must be supervised and controlled by substation personnel.

 

4. Providing PPEs:

Working in a substation can be quite dangerous. That's why Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) should be provided to all workers.

 

Workers should weararc-rated and flame retardant clothing, shields, gloves, face masks, hard hats, safety glasses and insulated footwear while working in a substation, especially when they are exposed to live electrical parts are all essential parts of the PPE made available for workers. The infrastructure must also be equipped with gas detectors, scaffoldings and rescue equipment to assure the safety of everyone.

 

5. Securing battery stores:

Battery storage rooms are sources of chemical hazards and should be secured with authorized access. Following these tips can help keep people safe when working with or near battery storage rooms:

 

      Ensure the room is well-ventilated and equipped with a ventilation system that exhausts to the outside.

      Regularly inspect batteries for damage, leaks or other irregularities.

      Make sure only authorized personnel have access to the storage room.

      Post signs prohibiting smoking, open flames or electrical sparks in the area.

      Use proper personal protective equipment when working with batteries, including gloves, safety goggles and a face shield.

 

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