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.

Understanding Arc Flash Hazards

By Ana Ellington, Legal Editor An arc flash is an undesired electric discharge that travels through the air between conductors or from a conductor to a ground. The flash is immediate, but the result of these incidents can damage equipment and cause severe injury, including burns. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 70E […]

Electrical Safety FAQs: Part 2

Yesterday, we presented answers to a number of important questions about electrical safety. Today, we review some more electrical safety FAQs. What is the best way for employees to protect against electrical hazards? Most electrical accidents result from one of three factors: Unsafe equipment or installation Unsafe environment Unsafe work practices Accidents and injuries can […]

Electrical Safety FAQs

In today’s Advisor we focus on some frequently asked questions about electrical safety, with answers provided by OSHA. What causes electrical shocks? Electricity travels in closed circuits, normally through a conductor. But sometimes a person’s body—an efficient conductor of electricity—mistakenly becomes part of the electric circuit. This can cause an electrical shock. Shocks occur when […]

Checklist for Dealing with Workplace Power Interruptions

Do you have a plan for when the power goes out unexpectedly? You should. A power outage can amount to much more than just a brief inconvenience. It can create safety issues that workers may not recognize unless they have been told to expect them. Consider these questions to identify and plan for possible hazards […]

Don’t Be Shocked! Identify Counterfeit Electrical Products

Beware counterfeit products that could cause electrical accidents in the workplace. What are the most frequently counterfeited products in the world? Rolex watches? Louis Vuitton wallets? Try Viagra. In a close second place, though, and of much greater concern for workplace safety experts, are electrical products and components. More than 1 million counterfeited electrical products […]

Extend Electrical Safety Training to Include Extension Cords

Today, we take a look at extension cord safety with some training pointers for your employees, brought to you courtesy of our featured safety training product, 7-Minute Safety Trainer. Extension cords are such a common item in the workplace and in the home, that many people take them for granted and fail to realize that […]

Train Employees to Avoid Electrical Accidents

Today, we review some training points for preventing electrical accidents. These points should be covered in electrical safety meetings with all employees. The following training points are brought to you courtesy of today’s featured BLR safety training product, 7-Minute Safety Trainer. Shock Prevention Inspect electrical equipment before use to be sure insulation is in good […]

Make Sure Your Electrical Systems Are Up to Standard

Electrical incidents might not happen as often as some other types of workplace accidents, but when they do, they can be fatal. Make sure your electrical systems meet the requirements for safeguarding employees. U.S. OSHA’s electrical safety rules for general industry workplaces (29 CFR 1910, Subpart S) cover electrical safety requirements that are necessary for […]

Top 10 Electrical Safety Tips

Manage electrical hazards successfully with these 10 tips for keeping workers safe from shocks, burns, and electrocution. Jim White, training director for Shermco Industries, Inc., a Dallas-based electrical power systems test and maintenance company, has developed a list of 10 electrical safety tips for keeping workers safe. 1. Develop a zero-tolerance policy toward energized work. […]

Take a Mini Tour of OSHA’s Electrical Safe Work Practice Rules

When it comes to electrical safe work practices, its 1910.333 you want to examine closely. Here’s a mini tour of the requirements.< OSHA requires your employees to use safety work practices to prevent electric shock or other injuries resulting from either direct or indirect electrical contacts when work is performed near or on equipment or […]