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E527
A Guide to Electrical Safety

D. Allen Hughes, PE

Whenever working with power tools or on electrical circuits, there is a risk of electrical hazards, especially electrical shock. Anyone can be exposed to these hazards at home or at work. Workers can be exposed to increased hazards because the nature of job-sites can be cluttered with tools and materials, fast-paced, and open to the weather. Risk is also higher at work because many jobs involve electric power tools. The guide discusses the dangers of electricity, electrical shock and the resulting injuries. Various electrical hazards are described. The Safety Model is introduced as an important tool for recognizing, evaluating and controlling hazards. It emphasizes practices that will help keep employees safer. Through the completion of this course, an employer or manager can determine what actions are necessary to reduce the risk of employee exposure to electrical hazards. This course provides the most important recommendations and how to implement them. With the proper application of these procedures, as well as consistent enforcement practices, it is likely that employees will know what to do to avoid electrical hazards. This guide is intended to be consistent with all existing OSHA standards. If an area of this course is considered by the reader to be inconsistent with OSHA, then the OSHA standard should be followed.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.


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