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May is National Electrical Safety Month

May is National Electrical Safety Month

Are your employees following the best safety practices for working with electricity?

Electrical injuries can be serious or even fatal. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics data compiled by the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI):

OSHA offers the following best practices for working safely with electricity, including:

Remind your workers to put safety first whenever working with or around electricity. Download the HSI infographic on electrical safety and post it in your break room or distribute it at your next safety meeting. You can download the infographic here.

Emergency care in case of electrical burns

Turn off any electrical current before touching the person. If you cannot stop the flow of electricity, do not enter the area around the person or attempt to care for him or her.

If the person affected is responsive and no longer in contact with the electrical source, look for burns at any suspected points of contact. Cool the burn as you would with a thermal burn.

An electric shock can cause an abnormal heart rhythm in which the heart stops moving blood. When it is safe, perform CPR and use an AED if one becomes available.

A person who has received an electrical shock should seek professional medical care because serious internal injuries can occur.

Train your team

HSI offers easy-to-learn online courses to help you keep your electrical workers safe and your company in compliance:

Electrical Safety
Addresses OSHA 29 CFR 1910.331 - 10910.335

This course helps prevent electrical accidents and fatalities from occurring by teaching your workers basic safety practices for working with or around electricity.

Electrical Safety Construction
Help prevent electrical accidents and fatalities from occurring by teaching your construction workers basic safety practices for working with or around electricity.

Electrical Safety: Controlling the Hazards
Addresses OSHA 29 CFR 1910.331-1910.335

Featuring footage from a variety of workplace settings, this course teaches any classification of worker how to identify potential electrical hazards, as well as how to prevent electrical accidents.

Electrical Safety: High Voltage Safe Work
Addresses OSHA 29 CFR 1910 Subpart S
This course focuses on best safety practices, such as engineering controls, personal protective equipment and safe approach distances, to help keep workers safe when working with or near high-voltage electricity.

Safe Electrical Work Practices & The 2018 NFPA 70E
This video explains the important changes and updates contained in the 2018 NFPA 70E and explains how electrical workers can be protected from both the shock hazard and arc flash hazard presented by exposed energized parts.

Electrical Safety for the Construction Worker

This course enables field-level employees to recognize and promote safe electrical practices in and around the construction site. It addresses site-specific hazards and controls and provides real-world solutions.

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