Electrical Safety: General Awareness

Electrical Safety: General Awareness

Avoid workplace injuries by understanding how to safely work with electricity and what to do in case of an emergency

Vivid Learning
Updated Jun 24, 2024

What you'll learn

  • Identify the hazards associated with electricity: shock and fire
  • Explain how electricity works regarding hazards on the job
  • Describe basic safety controls and practices at work
  • Identify and explain how to respond to electrical emergencies
Course Description

Electrical accidents can cause burns, shocks and electrocution, and without the proper electrical safety can lead to fatal accidents in a worst case scenario.

Approximately 230 electrical related fatalities occur each year. In one study, National Institute for Occupation Safety & Health (NIOSH) found that, “61% of electrocutions occur in two occupation divisions: 46% among craftsmen and 15% among laborers. These two groups also had the highest rates of electrocution death: 1.4 per 100,000 workers each.”

Electricity is everywhere, so reliable and useful these days that it is often taken for granted, and it is somewhat shocking how little is actually understood about its properties by the general public, another reason why electrical safety training is important.

The goal of the lesson is to prepare workers to work safely with and around electricity. This lesson does not address arc-flash hazards and controls, lock-out/tag-out procedures, or high voltage (220V or 440V) electrical safety.