What Unqualified Workers Need to Know About Electrical Safety

Course Description:

This online electrical safety training course will discuss the hazards of electricity and how to prevent exposure to electrical hazards. By the end of the training session, you will be able to understand the hazards of electricity, identify and avoid common electrical hazards, and follow safe electrical work practices around electrical equipment while at work.

Course Duration: 20 minutes

Why “What Unqualified Workers Need to Know About Electrical Safety” Matters:

We’ve all experienced minor electric shocks, but shocks can be severe enough to kill. Careless use of electricity causes 10% of job-related deaths, as well as many serious injuries.

Electrical shock can cause pain; loss of muscle control and coordination; internal bleeding; damage to nerves, muscles, or tissues; and cardiac arrest. It could also cause you to fall and be injured.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has very detailed regulations designed to keep electricity from becoming a dangerous hazard (29 CFR, Subpart S, 1910.301 to 1910.399).

Key Points:

  • Exposure to electricity is dangerous—it can cause electrocution, shock, electric and thermal burns, arc flash and arc blast burns, and secondary injuries such as falls.
  • Watch carefully for possible electrical hazards—for instance, never use damaged tools, cords, or electrical equipment.
  • Always follow safe work practices, including proper emergency response procedures.
  • Always follow our electrical safety program, which is designed to protect you and other workers from electrical hazards.
  • And finally, seek assistance from a qualified person whenever you have any doubt about electrical safety or think there might be an electrical hazard. Too many things can go wrong with electricity for you to take risks.

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