Many Workers Unaware of Potential Workplace Electrical Hazards

Electricity has long been recognized as a serious workplace hazard. OSHA’s electrical standards are designed to protect employees exposed to dangers such as electric shock, electrocution, fires and explosions. Engineers, electricians and other professionals work with electricity directly, while others, such as office workers and sales people, work with electricity indirectly but may also be exposed to electrical hazards.

Many workers are unaware of the potential electrical hazards present in their work environment, which makes them more vulnerable to the danger of electrocution. The following hazards are the most frequent causes of electrical injuries: contact with power lines, lack of ground-fault protection, path to ground missing or discontinuous, equipment not used in manner prescribed, and improper use of extension and flexible cords.

OSHA’s Electrical Hazard Recognition webpage provides a comprehensive overview of the most common electrical hazards and how to prevent injuries and worse.

The OSHA Training Center is offering OSHA 3095 – Electrical Standards at its Dublin, California, location on September 5-8, 2017.  This 4-day course, which covers OSHA’s electrical standards and the hazards associated with electrical installations and equipment, has been updated to include the latest OSHA regulations published in 2014.

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