Basic steps to reduce the risk of electrical accidents:

  1. Appoint an Electrical Safety Program lead

  2. Conduct an Electrical System Arc Flash Risk Assessment 

  3. Create, Maintain and Update Electrical Distribution Documentation 

  4. Apply Warning Labels to All Equipment 

  5. Provide Safety Training for All Workers 

  6. Ensure there is adequate Personal Protective Clothing (PPE) on Hand 

  7. Ensure the Proper Tools are on Hand to perform electrical work safely 

  8. Ensure there is battery based emergency lighting in electrical rooms

  9. Implement an Electrical Safety Program 

  10. Remediate arc flash risk for your electrical workers

Electrical hazards are a significant safety risk for electrical workers and a significant financial risk for their employers. While the threat of shock and electrocution from inadvertent contact with energized parts has long been recognized, the arc flash and arc blast hazards have only fairly recently been incorporated into the electrical safety standards. The recent focus on, and awareness of arc flash hazards will play a critical role in reducing the incidence and severity of electrical accidents over time.

Path toward compliance with OSHA and NFPA-70E: