Extension Lead SOP

SOP Extension Lead

Extension lead SOP for the safe use of extension leads identifies extension leads hazards with the risk assessed and risk controls developed to manage risk and extension cord safety.

  • Standard operating procedures require hazard control measures to be implemented per the extension cord use guidelines and best safe work practice for extension cords.

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Standard Operating Procedure Extension Leads

Workplace Health and Safety has conducted a comprehensive job safety analysis for the use of extension leads in the workplace, e.g. operating a drill with risk control measures developed for identified hazards per WHS hierarchy of controls.

  • WHS consultation with employees on health and safety matters to identify potential hazards with use of extension leads and ensure electrical hand tool safety

  • WHS consultation and participation processes ensure adequate health and safety communication

  • Pre-operational inspection of extension cords per electrical tools inspection checklist, e.g. inspect extension lead to ensure it is free from damage such as cuts, abrasions, taped joints and exposed wires

  • Damaged extension cords shall have an out of service tag placed on it with procedures for reporting faulty equipment in the workplace implemented

  • Do not alter or modify an extension cord, e.g. fitting a piggyback plug will affect power tool safety

  • Use of extension leads per extension lead SOP focuses on extension lead control measures to reduce the level of risk

  • Workplace environmental hazards, e.g. confined space and working at heights

  • Working at height on ladders, aluminium mobile scaffold and elevated work platforms when hanging electrical cords

  • Hazardous chemicals and hazardous products used in connection with use of extension leads

  • Hazardous manual tasks in connection with the use of extension leads

  • Personal protective equipment, e.g. respiratory protective equipment, protective clothing, eye protection

  • Health and safety training for workers, e.g. tool safety training

  • Workplace housekeeping per housekeeping policy and procedures

  • Legislative and regulatory requirements for compliance with WHS legislation, e.g. work health and safety regulations, managing electrical risks at the workplace code of practice and power tool safety standards

  • Monitoring controls, e.g. assessment and review the effectiveness of control measures

  • Tasks and activities in connection with the use of extension leads

Safe Operating Procedures Extension Lead

How to Use Extension Cord Safely

Extension Lead SOP shall assess the risk of high-risk activities with the use of extension leads.

High-risk work activities that may expose workers to WHS hazards are likely to include but not be limited to:

  • Plant and equipment used in the work task, e.g. extension cord

  • Pre-operational inspection of extension cord

  • Use of portable RCD safety switch

  • Other hazards with using an extension lead