Power Plant / Utilities



Temperature Extremes

Although some periodic activities may result in cold exposures, the more significant temperature extreme associated with power plant and utilities work is high heat. Recognize that extreme temperature conditions can be dangerous to your health - and increase our chances of physical accidents,
  • For Extreme Heat Conidtions
    • Wear Loose, comfortable clothing, preferably of natural fabrics,
    • Beware of the progressive signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke,
    • Take periodic breaks and drink plenty of fluids, avoiding caffeinated beverages,,
    • Where possible, apply local ventilation in the form of fans or other portable air movers to lower working temperatures,
    • If you are working outdoors, also pay attention to sun exposure by wearing a wide brim hat and using high SPF rated sunscreen,
    • Beware that perspiration can make your grip slippery.

Heavy Material Handling: [Click here for image]

Lifting, Lowering and Carrying Loads

  • Before lifting test the load to determine if it is light enough to lift,
  • Plan your route before lifting and carrying the load,
  • Instead of carrying one heavy load, separate it into smaller, lighter packages and make multiple trips, use a cart or trolley, or ask a co-worker for help,
  • Place or store heavy items at mid-body height to make retrieval easier,
  • Do not lift objects that are slippery, too hot, or unevenly balanced,
  • Make sure you can fit through narrow spaces and that your fingers are out of the way when you set the object down.

Using hand and power tools: [click here for image]

The center of gravity of a hand or power tool should be aligned with the center of the gripping hand,
  • Tools with angled handles or tools with pistol-grips are beneficial where the force is exerted in a straight line in the same direction as the straightened forearm and wrist, especially when the force must be applied horizontally,
  • Know the job beforehand and selecting the right tools to perform the task(s)
  • Try not to bend the wrists when operating the tool,
  • Avoid high contact and static loading,
  • Try to reduce excessive gripping force,
  • Avoid awkward and extreme joint positions,
  • Reduce or avoid repetitive finger motions,
  • Limit vibration,
  • Minimize the amount of force to trigger devices,
  • Do not use tools in poor and/or dull condition.

Working in awkward locations: [click here for image]

If at all possible try to avoid working in awkward locations, If you need to work in an awkward location follow the tips listed below:
  • Try to keep the body in a “neutral posture”,
  • Use mechanical devices to help reduce/eliminate reaching when possible
  • Stretching before working in awkward locations,
  • Take frequent mini breaks,
  • Remember to have all tools required for the job in a easy to reach location
  • A “buddy” system may be required for some of these locations,
  • Use task lighting,
  • Ladders and elevated locations pose fall hazards, Inspect your equipment and/or location before starting work.

Controls Monitoring [Click here for image]

  • At start of each shift, adjust chair, monitor(s), keyboard, reference binders, writing instruments and phone handset at your appropriate setting and distance. For additional information see: Office Ergonomics,
  • If you are frequently on the phone, avoid cradling the headset in your neck, and instead use a hands-free or speaker style phone,
  • Keep lighting comfortable to avoid glare and maintain good monitor contrast levels.