Home & Work Safety

Electrical Safety

On-the-Job Safety

  • Make safe work habits second nature.
    Take responsibility for noticing, reporting and correcting electrical hazards. Talk with your supervisor about hazards that have been reported but not corrected.
  • Avoid unsafe shortcuts.
    It might take a bit longer to inspect power cords for wear and tear, or to keep your work area clean and dry, but it's worth a few moments to prevent shock or fire. Before using unfamiliar equipment, study instructions and get questions answered.
  • Use personal protective equipment.
    If you work around electricity, your protective gear helps protect you against shock and electrical burns. Keep boots, gloves and other gear in good condition, as even a pinhole can let electricity pass through. Use insulated tools or handling equipment, such as nonconductive ropes and protective shields.
  • Know the law.
    Be sure to know and follow federal- and/or state-required safe work practices when working on or using electrical tools or equipment.
Taking the time to practice good electrical safety habits can help protect you and your coworkers from serious injury.