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The UK sees an average 1,000 accidents as a result of electric shocks each year, as per Health and Safety Executive. Of this number, around 30 are fatal. Anyone at risk of such hazards must be made aware of the risks they face and how to protect themselves.
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 duty on employers, employees, and self-employed persons to:
- Maintain electrical systems to prevent the occurrence of electrical injuries
- Ensure electrical work equipment is correctly installed, used, and maintained
- Educate employees about the electrical risks while working in environments containing electrical supplies
“It shall be the duty of every employer and self-employed person to comply with the provisions of these regulations in so far as they relate to matters which are within his control.”
– The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, Section 3 (1)
This online course provides users with an understanding of the risk assessment process as it applies to electricity. This course is not designed to train delegates to conduct maintenance or install electrical supplies.
This course explores a variety of ways to spot the hazard of electricity in the workplace and various risk controls that could be applied to it.
This online training on electrical safety is for anyone responsible for conducting an electrical risk assessment at work. It is also for anyone that needs to understand this hazard.
Upon completion of this course, trainees will have a better understanding of:
- Consequences of electrical hazards at work
- The risks associated with working in environments containing electrical supplies
- Types of injuries associated with electrical accidents
- Ways to control electrical hazards
Human Focus electrical safety training course offers the following benefits:
- Fully compliant with safety legislation
- User-friendly learning management system (LMS)
- Easy way to track the trainees’ progress and records
- No hidden costs
- 12 months access to course
- Clear voiceover
- Fast, effective, and low-cost learning
- Fully online
- Works on any device
Format: 100% online
Course duration: 10+ minutes
- Single module
- Mini-quizzes to retain knowledge
- End of course assessment test
This end-of-course knowledge test is a pass or fail assessment. Trainees must score at least 80% to pass and are given two attempts.
Upon completion of the course, trainees will be issued an IIRSM-approved certificate via email.
The law does not tell us exactly what our risk assessments should look like. However, they should include the following information:
- What are the potential hazards?
- Who might be at risk, and how?
- Precautions to manage identified risks
- Responsible person for implementing changes, and when?
The frequency of the electrical equipment testing depends upon the equipment type and the environment it is used in. For instance, a power tool on the construction site must be tested more frequently than the lamp in the hotel room. The Health and Safety Executive provides further guidance in HSG107 – Maintaining Portable Electrical Equipment.
According the Institute of Engineering and Technology which provides us with guidance on portable appliance testing, this should be determined by risk assessment. This duty falls to the responsible person who must ascertain the level of risk and decide what frequency of testing is required.
There are three main types of injury associated with electrical accidents, these are:
- Electrical shocks
- Burns, and
- Mechanical injuries
Electrical shock injuries result from the flow of the electrical current through the body. When we create a circuit to the ground or earth
Electrical burns are caused by the flash or arc between the body and the live contact. These burns are often very deep, affects tissue, organs, and beneath the top layer of skin.
However, mechanical injuries can result from sudden movements—for example, contact with the electrical source.
Mechanical injury is instinctive to rapidly pull away. This often causes falls, for example, when up ladders.
Providing electrical safety training courses to employees is a proven fact for minimising the hazards of shocks, fires, and other dangers. These training courses cover general information about electrical hazards and how to safely work with them.
The problem is, once the training is provided, delegates start to forget what they have learned. With this problem in mind, business owners make sure to offer these training courses regularly or at least after short intervals to keep workers and other people safe.
This also allows employers to update workers with the lasted information.
Wherever electricity is being used, it has the potential to causes fire.
Common sources of electrical fires are:
- Extension cords – If used incorrection, extension cords can cause fires. Extension cords should not be used for long periods of time, but only as a temporary measure.
- Wiring – When wiring is old or worn, it can cause a fire. Wiring must have the capacity to handle the amount of power that is running through it.
- Faulty outlet – The majority of electrical fires are started by faulty outlets and old appliances. They can also be started by faults in cords, switches, and receptacles.
- Light fixtures – if a bulbs is the incorrect wattage for the fixture, or if somehow the fixture is not ventilated properly, it can result in a fire.