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Why is Electrical Safety Training Important?

Posted by admin on July 16, 2018

Training workers to work safely with and around electrical hazards is a critical requirement for maintaining worker safety, as electricity is a serious workplace hazard.

According to the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, exposure to electricity was the cause of 154 work-related fatalities in 2016. Due to the dangers of electricity, OSHA requires organizations to safely train workers to protect them from electrocution, shocks, arc flash, explosions, and fires.

As outlined in OSHA’s electrical safety standards, affected workplaces must offer comprehensive safety training on the best work practices when around electrical hazards.  

Because of the potential for workplace accidents and injuries, OSHA states that only “qualified” workers can perform maintenance and repairs of electrical equipment. These qualified workers must be fully trained to identify exposed live electrical parts and their voltage, and know exactly what procedures to follow when they work on exposed live parts or are close enough to be at risk.

Workers that are “non-qualified” to perform maintenance on electrical equipment also must be trained in electrical safety if they could be exposed to electrical hazards while on the jobAt a minimum, employees need to be trained in the skills and techniques necessary to recognize exposed live parts, determine the voltage of such parts, and the corresponding clearance distances.

However, electrical safety training should not stop there. Many organizations provide additional training on top of OSHA’s requirements due to the high risks of electricity to workers of all industries. In addition to electricians and others in the construction industry, employees in mass transit, utility, industrial goods manufacturing, and mechanic repair positions have historically been at high risk of injury due to exposure to electricity.


construction worker about to plug in two electrical cables

Recurring training sessions can help mitigate the dangers of electrical safety by keeping workers up-to-date with best practices and information. Educating workers about the types of electrical injuries, how they can occur, proper protection required, and lockout/tagout procedures is essential to maintaining a safe work environment. It can also cut down on costly OSHA citations, as improper lockout/tagout practices are in OSHA’s top 5 most frequently violated standards.  More detail about the ins and out of electrical training can also be found in our Safety Training 101 blog post.

Our IndustrySafe's  training content catalog offers numerous online courses dealing with electrical hazards including:

  • Electrical Safety
  • Electrical Safety in Hazmat Environments
  • Electrical Safety in the Laboratory
  • Electrocution Hazards in Construction Part I and Part II
  • Lock Out / Tag Out
  • Arc Flash

The number of training courses we offer reflect the concerns of employers and employees who work with electricity and want to keep themselves and their fellow workers safe.   Our IndustrySafe training management software also allows organizations to keep track and schedule electrical safety training to ensure that all applicable employees are training and retrained on electrical safety in a timely manner.  Contact us to learn more about providing online electrical safety training to your workforce.

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