Electrical Safety

electrical safety

What is Electrical Safety?

The electrical safety online training courses in this toolkit are for anyone who uses electrical appliances for work or whose daily work involves electricity. These courses provide advice and guidance relating to safe working practices while working with or near electric supplies or electronic devices.

Electricity is an essential concern for businesses of all sizes, whether they employ those who work directly with it, such as power line workers, or those who work indirectly with it, such as office workers. Often taken for granted, electricity plays an important role in the business world, and the hazards it poses in the workplace should be taken seriously.

Electrical Safety Online Training

Human Focus is offering the following courses under the electrical safety toolkit:

Electrical Injuries in the Workplace

While the rate of occupational electrical injuries and fatalities has declined in recent years, it is still recognised as a serious hazard in the workplace.

Exposure to an electric shock at as low as 50 volts can interfere with the electrical signals in the body. This can affect the beating of the heart and ability to breath and cause muscle spasms, according to the Health and Safety Executive.

Electricity induced muscle spasms can also break bones and dislocate joints, if severe enough. If, for instance, working at height, they can result in a secondary accident such as a significant fall.

Severe burns are another consequence of exposure, as electrical current heats the tissue when it passes through the body.

Electricity can also cause a range of other types of severe accidents. Each year there are tens of thousands of occupational fires in the UK, many of which are caused by faulty or misused electrical equipment.

Arc flash is a type of electrical accident that can result in an explosion reaching up to 20,000 °C, and propel equipment at a speed of 300m per second.

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Legal Responsibilities

Attention to electrical safety will help employers protect workers and others from electrical hazards, injury, or even death. Multiple electrical safety regulations impose electrical safety duties on employers and employees, as follows:

Electricity at Work Regulations 1989

Employers and self-employed workers must construct and maintain safe electrical systems to minimise injuries.

Electrical Equipment Safety Regulations 1994

All types of electrical appliances must pass an electrical safety inspection check before being provided or made available to workers.

Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

Employers are legally bound to provide information to employees about any electrical risks in the workplace. Employers must provide necessary training and instruction to employees for safe management of these risks.

It is vital that employers and employees both comply with the law and understand how these regulations affect them.  The Human Focus electrical safety courses online can help employers foster electrical safety awareness within their organisations. Below are the details of these courses.

Basic Electrical Safety Questions and Answers

Why is electrical safety important?

Employer and worker attention to electrical safety is not only a legal duty, but also of vital importance due to the ever-increasing presence of and reliance upon electrical devices in the workplace. Raising awareness among workers about electrical safety systems, procedures, and working methods can help minimise injury and death.

How much do the electrical safety course and certificate cost?

The cost for this highly accredited electrical safety course and resulting certificate is only £25.00.

What causes electrical shocks?

Electricity flows in closed circuits, normally through a conductor. When a human body becomes part of an electric circuit, it suffers an electric shock. The shock occurs when the human body completes the current path connecting:

  • both wires of an electric circuit
  • one wire of an electric circuit and the ground
  • a metal piece that becomes energised due to a break in its insulation

What is the best way to protect against electrical hazards?

Electrical accidents are caused due to three reasons:

  • Unsafe or poorly maintained equipment or installation
  • Unsafe working environments
  • Unsafe working practices

The best way to minimise electrical accidents and incidents is to use protective equipment and follow safe working practices. The Human Focus electrical safety awareness courses provide training in this regard.

What voltage range is dangerous?

A wide range of voltages can prove dangerous for a number reasons. Even a low voltage range can potentially cause an explosion with a single spark. Human contact with about 50 volts AC (alternating current), can cause injury. The chance of being injured by electrical shock increases depending on the kind of work being performed.

Do the training courses in this toolkit offer guidance on minimising electric shocks?

Yes, the courses under this toolkit offer safety precautions to minimise the risk of electrical shocks at workplaces. Both employers and the employees should regard electrical safety as a top priority.

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