Category: Electrical Safety

Electrical hazards can cause burns, shocks and electrocution (death). OSHA’s design safety electrical standards apply to systems that provide power and light to employee workplaces. These regulations cover electrical installations and equipment installed or used within or on buildings, structures, and other premises. OSHA’s safe work practice rules for electricity provide standards for both qualified employees (those with a specific level of training) and unqualified employees (those with little or no training) who work on, near, or with various electrical components.

Ask the Expert: OSHA Requirements for Electrical Equipment Inspection

In our latest installment of Ask the Expert, brought to you by the team of industry experts at EHS Hero®, we look at a recent question from a subscriber asking about the OSHA requirements for electrical equipment inspection. See what the experts had to say.  Q: How often should electrical equipment (e.g., MCCs, breaker panels, etc.), […]

Ask the Expert: Regulatory Requirements for Electrical Panels

In our latest installment of Ask the Expert, brought to you by the team of industry experts at EHS Hero®, we look at a recent question from a subscriber asking whether OSHA standard 1910.303 includes all electrical panels. See what the experts had to say. Q: Does OSHA standard 1910.303 include all electrical panels (i.e., […]

OSHA Urges Employers to Emphasize Electrical Safety

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) urged employers in the Midwest to emphasize electrical safety following four workplace fatalities in Kansas and Missouri. A 41-year-old in Wichita, Kansas, doing heating and air conditioning work on July 13; a 35-year-old electrical contractor climbing a pole in Lawrence, Kansas, on June 8; a 40-year-old electrical contractor […]

Ask the Expert: Safe Hydrogen Storage Near a Transformer

In our latest installment of Ask the Expert, brought to you by the team of industry experts at EHS Hero®, we look at a recent question from a subscriber asking about placing a fire wall between a transformer and compressed hydrogen. See what the experts had to say. Q: Are there requirements to place a […]

Electrical PPE

Electrical Safety Tips: Using NFPA 70E to Protect Workers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has increased compliance activities related to electrical safety regulations and standards over the past few years. This began with the heightened interest in arc flash hazards related to the 2000 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 70E standard and became more active after the 2004 edition was published.

Missed Our Electrical Safety Month Podcast? Read the Transcript!

May was Electrical Safety Month, and to mark the occasion the EHS on Tap podcast sat down with Ralph Parrett, AVO Training Institute’s Senior Instructional Designer and Senior Training Instructor, to discuss common electrical hazards and how to mitigate the risk. If you missed the episode or simply prefer to read rather than listen, read […]

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EHS on Tap: E44 It’s Electrical Safety Month! The Gloves Are Coming On to Fight the Hazard

May is Electrical Safety Month, and the danger of electrical hazards remains a constant concern in workplaces nationwide. In fact, electrocution remains one of the four leading causes of workplace deaths in the construction industry, commonly called the “Fatal Four” by OSHA, with approximately 9% of deaths in the workplace being caused by electrocution. In […]

Holiday Hazards: Electrocution

34-year-old James Byrnes of North Beach, Maryland, was working from a ladder, hanging Christmas lights at his neighbor’s home in December 2013, when he came into contact with an overhead power line and was electrocuted. That same month, 13-year-old Georgia Marshall of Barry, South Wales, United Kingdom, was electrocuted while helping her father retrieve Christmas […]