Today we will help you learn about electrical safety to help protect you and your coworkers in a “high-charged” work environment. The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) recognizes these risks and has adopted all of the federal safety requirements and added some of its own, which we will touch on in the coming discussion. By the time the session is over, you will be able to understand how electricity works and its causes; understand the effects of electricity; recognize electrical hazards in the workplace; understand ways to protect yourself when working around electricity; and react to an emergency with appropriate procedures.
Why “Electrical Safety for Unqualified Workers in California” Matters:
Working with electricity can be a matter of life or death. Electrocution is a leading cause of death in the workplace. A large percentage of those deaths are caused by a failure to follow safe procedures. Electricity can shock, burn, and damage nerves and internal organs, causing long-lasting health issues—both mental and physical.
Accidents involving electricity can cause arc blasts, fires, and other explosions that can have devastating effects on your workplace’s resources—both financial and human. In this day and age, electricity is surrounding us in every environment, every day. We all take it for granted, but even common objects like a lightbulb or a toaster can be dangerous. All employees should recognize electrical hazards and know how to prevent electrical accidents. Having a serious injury or death at work affects everyone at a worksite. You owe it to yourself to keep you and your workers safe at all times. Remember, with the proper understanding and a plan of action, every death and injury caused by electricity can be prevented!
- Working with electricity can be extremely dangerous. Traumatic injuries can result from shocks and other workplace accidents involving electricity.
- Know how to locate and identify the hazards of electricity in your workplace setting.
- Use proper safety procedures to help protect you and your coworkers. Know the “Dos and Don’ts” of how to work with electricity.
- Seek assistance from a qualified person in any situation that requires hands-on work or special knowledge of electricity.
- Learn the safe practice rules that your workplace must follow.
- Always respect electricity, an essential yet hazardous aspect of all our lives that surrounds us every day.