Electrical, General Requirements (OSHA regulation 1910.303) is one of those regulations that pops up on OSHA’s top ten most cited standards on a frequent basis.
To try to help, we’ve pulled together a bunch of electrical safety training materials for you in this blog post.
Here’s what we’ve got for you:
- Samples of our own e-learning courses related to electrical safety
- A free electrical safety interactive word game
- A free electrical safety interactive glossary
- Additional electrical safety information from OSHA and others
Hope you find this helpful.
Electrical Safety Training Materials
First, check out these e-learning courses related to electrical safety. We’ve got samples of three titles from our health and safety course library for you. Check ’em out below.
Electric Shock eLearning course (sample).
Arc Flash Safety eLearning course (sample).
NFPA 70E eLearning course (sample).
Hopefully one or more of those courses will help you with your electrical safety training at work. If not, we’ve also got an Electronic Safety eLearning course in production right now.
Electrical Wiring Safety Word Game
Here’s a fun word game you can play to test your knowledge of electrical safety terms. Have a good time with this.
If you really liked that word game, you can download a free copy for yourself here. Please read the additional notes about downloading on that page.
Electrical Wiring Safety Glossary of Terms
You might also enjoy this interactive glossary of electrical safety terms.
Electrical Wiring Safety FAQs
What is an electric shock?
Electricity sometimes leaves its circuit and moves through a person’s body to the ground. This is is known as a “shock.”
This can happen when the person’s body completes an electrical circuit with:
- Both wires of an electric circuit
- One wire of an electric circuit and the ground
- A piece of metal that accidentally became energized (perhaps due to a break in insulation)
- Another “conductor” carrying an electrical current
What should you do if someone “freezes” to a live electrical contact?
Sometimes when a person receives a shock, the electricity can cause the muscles to contract. This causes the person to “freeze” and and he or she will be unable to pull free of the circuit. This is very dangerous.
If a person freezes to a live electrical contact, shut off the current immediately. If you can’t shut off the current, use boards, poles, or sticks made of wood or any other nonconducting materials and push or pull the person away from the contact. Act quickly, but protect yourself from electrocution or shock as well.
What is a conductor?
A conductor is something that electricity flows through easily. It offers very little resistance to the electricity. Electrical wires act as conductors. The earth itself is also a conductor.
What is an insulator?
An insulator is something that tends to stop the flow of electricity. It resists the flow. Glass, plastic, and other materials are insulators.
What is “grounding?”
When a tool or electrical system is “grounded,” it means its manufactureres have intentionally created a low-resistance path that connects the tool of system to the earth. This prevents the buildup of voltages that could cause an electrical accident. Grounding is normally a secondary protective measure to protect against electric shock. It does not guarantee that you won’t get a shock or be injured or killed by an electrical current. It will, however, substantially reduce the risk, especially when used in combination with other safety measures.
What are circuits and fuses?
Fuses and circuit breakers open or break an electrical circuit automatically when too much current flows through it. When that happens, fuses melt and circuit breakers trip the circuit open. Fuses and circuit breakers are designed to protect conductors and equipment. They prevent wires and other components from overheating and open the circuit when there is a risk of a ground fault.
What are ground-fault circuit interrupters?
Ground-fault circuit interrupters, or GFCIs, are used in wet locations, construction sites, and other high-risk areas. These devices interrupt the flow of electricity within as little as 1/40 of a second to prevent electrocution. GFCIs compare the amount of current going into electric equipment with the amount of current returning from it along the circuit conductors. If the difference exceeds 5 milliamperes, the device automatically shuts off the electric power.
Where’s the OSHA Safety & Health Topic webpage for electrical hazards?
Are there any OSHA eTools for the electrical regulations?
Check out therese: for the electrical standard as a whole, for electrical contractors, for electrical generation, transmission, and distribution, and the Subpart S-Electrical Standard eTool.
Is There an OSHA Electrical Safety Publication?
Check this online document called Controlling Electrical Hazards.
How about a checklist to help protect against electrical hazards?
This OSHA handbook small businesses is a good safety checklist. Scroll down a little more than half way to find the electrical section.
What resources does NIOSH offer?
Here’s a collection of electrical safety resources from NIOSH.
Credit where credit is due: Some of the information in this article was drawn from OSHA Controlling Electrical Hazards Document.
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