This online course highlights the dangers of electricity and examines safety precautions that must be taken to eliminate or minimise the risk of electrical injuries and accidents. This awareness level course provides a fundamental understanding of electricity, equipment, and practical measures to stay safe.
Electricity is an essential power supply. We all use it every day and take for granted that it’s a clean and safe power source. The vast majority of the time, this is all true. However, it is a fact that there are many accidents per year involving electricity, and some prove fatal.
While electricity is generally safe – if not used with the proper care and attention, it poses a very significant risk.
The guidance on electrical safety is straightforward – but when accidents happen it is often due to a failure to follow simple electrical safety practices and control measures outlined in this online course.
Electricity can pose severe hazards to human health. Almost 1,000 accidents occur per year in the UK due to electric shocks, around 30 of which are fatal, as per Health and Safety Executive. Electrical safety measures should be adopted to ensure electrical safety in offices, construction, and any other industrial workplace.
Workers who deal directly with electricity, overhead power cables, installation equipment, and circuit assemblies are at most risk. But, those who deal indirectly with electricity, such as office-based employees and construction workers, can be exposed to electricity dangers, if control measures are absent.
Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 business owners have legal duties to ensure the health and welfare of all their employees at work. More specifically, Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 applies to the use of electricity in workplaces, including electrical supplies and electrical equipment. This legislation places responsibilities on employers, employees, and contractors to ensure electrical equipment is correctly installed, used, and maintained.
This health and safety-based training aims to develop basic knowledge relating to electricity risks and hazards at work. The course highlights safety measures and controls to eliminate or reduce electrical hazards.
The delegates will explore the following aspects of electrical safety in this online course:
- What is Electricity?
- What is Voltage?
- Voltages in the Workplace
- How do Injuries happen?
- The Hazards Of Electric Shocks
- Electrical Safety Systems
- Hardware Power Connectors
- Damages & Faults
- Protect Against Water
- Use Equipment Safely
- Protect Against Fire
- Stay Clear of Electrical Supplies
- Beware of Power Lines
- Underground Cables
- Competence & Training, and
- How to respond to electricity accidents
This online electrical safety training course is designed for anyone who works with electrical equipment at work. This includes office equipment, as well as trades equipment such as electrically powered drills, saws, or other tools. It also covers risks associated with maintenance and construction work, such as overhead and underground power lines. This course is suitable for:
- Office workers
- Builders and construction workers
- IT technicians
- Communications engineers
- Power and energy suppliers and engineers
- Appliance repair workers
- Cable engineers
By the end of this health and safety e-learning course, delegates will learn:
- Electricity and how electrical accidents happen
- The range of typical voltages
- Common hazards and electrical safety precautions while working with or near electric supplies
- Three main types of injuries associated with electrical accidents
- Common means of protection against electricity
- How electric shocks occur and their associated injuries and hazards
- How to perform an electrical safety check
- Electrical safety rules to minimise the risk of danger
- Electricity safety systems that shields against electric shocks
Human Focus online course offers the following benefits:
- Fully compliant withhealth and safety legislation
- User-friendly learning management system (LMS)
- Easy tracking of progress and training records
- Fully online
- Accessible from any device
Format: 100% online course
Course duration: Approximately 50 minutes
- Single module
- Mini-quizzes at the end of each section to retain knowledge
- End of course test
The end-of-course assessment is a pass or fail test. It requires a score of at least 80% to pass this test. Delegates are given two attempts to pass.
On passing the assessment, IIRSM-approved e-certificates in PDF format will be awarded to delegates. These certificates are sent via registered email and are downloadable.
Businesses and residential properties should regularly have electrical safety checks completed on a regular basis. While the law does not explicitly require business to carry out safety checks, it does require that electrical equipment is safe at all times. Electrical safety checks are one way to do this. Residential landlords must have electrical safety checks completed every five years.
An electrical safety check can take anywhere from two to four hours. The exact time depends upon the size of the property.
The electrical at work regulations 1989 applies to all aspects of electricity usage within any workplace. It places a duty on employees, employers, and the self-employed to protect against the hazards associated with electricity. The regulation provides guidance on how to carry out electrical work activities to minimise the risk of injuries and deaths.
According to the regulation, the duty holders must:
- Put in place the electrical system constructed in a way that prevents electrical injuries
- Maintain the electrical systems to prevent danger
- Carry out work on electrical systems carried that prevents electrical hazards
Under this regulation, employees are required to work with electrical equipment if they have suitable:
Any tasks involving electrical work will have a risk assessment detailing the associated hazards, risks, and precautions to minimise the risk of injuries and accidents from electricity. It is essential that you read and understand your risk assessment before beginning work.
The risks of electricity will vary based on the type of work you do, your environment, and the type of equipment you use. But general guidelines include:
- Follow method statements and safe systems of work: A method statement or safe system of work will clearly show you how to conduct your work safely. It will also provide guidance on what to do in an emergency. Read these and follow them. Ask questions if you don’t understand.
- Use energy isolation principles:Never work on live electrical equipment, unless you have been given special permission to do soThis means the power supply should be switched off or isolated, while work is being carried out.
- Inspect and maintain equipment: Many electrical injuries are caused by faulty or damaged equipment. Follow inspection regimes and never use equipment that is damaged in any way.
- Don’t overload. Electrical sockets containing too many plugs is a common cause of electrical fires.
- Plug in – switch on: When plugging in any equipment, plug it in first. Then switch on the wall socket. When removing the plug, do the reverse – switch off the wall socket, then unplug the device.
- Be careful of invasive work: Be careful of any work that may accidentally come into contact with electrical supplies, such as drilling or cutting into walls. Locate all power supplies before beginning such work.