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.

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 […]

Check Off These Electrical Safety Do’s and Don’ts

Human error is the major cause of electrical accidents. Accidents happen when workers don’t recognize electrical hazards or fail to take precautions to protect against those hazards. Key provisions of OSHA’s general industry electrical standard for employee safety are contained in the safety-related work practices sections (29 CFR 1910.331-335). These sections give you specific requirements […]

Ready to Respond to an Electrical Accident?

Electrical accidents require fast but careful response to save injured workers and protect rescuers. Find out how to prepare your workplace and your workers for an electrical emergency. Electric shock occurs in one of three ways. Individuals, while in contact with the ground, must come in contact with: Both wires of the electric circuit One […]

Win the War Against Electrical Accidents

Yesterday, we reviewed some interesting questions and answers about electrical safety. Today, we continue with more electrical Q&As, plus we’ll take a peek at a powerful training product that can help keep your employees safe around electricity. Q. Where would I find the requirement to provide a covering for fluorescent lightbulbs? A. 1910.305(a)(2)(iii)(F): Lamps for […]