Whether your jobsite is under overhead powered lines or your facility has high-voltage equipment, electrical safety must be a priority for every workplace. The risk of injury from electricity can be severe – causing shock, burns or even death, and faults can easily result in destructive fires or explosions.

OSHA has long recognized electricity as a serious workplace hazard with their electrical standards which are largely based on the National Electric Code (NFPA 70) and NFPA 70E, entitled Electrical Safety Requirements for Employee Workplaces. OSHA requires employers to safely install electrical systems, train for qualified personnel to work with electricity, provide appropriate PPE at no cost, and above all else, identify and address all electrical hazards.

In our electrical safety resource hub, we cover many facets of electrical safety, including:

  • Arc Flash: Out of all electrical hazards, the biggest risk is that an arc flash will occur. Arc flashes are an electrical explosion that can cause severe injury or death.
  • Equipment Labeling: Regulations mandate high-voltage machines and equipment with the potential to cause an arc flash to be labeled.
  • Lockout/Tagout: The OSHA standard for properly controlling hazardous energy as well as the most effective way to prevent arc flash.
  • Solar Power: Solar powered systems doesn’t operate like your typical electrical system, so it’s important to understand their unique safety requirements.

We cover everything thing you need to know to keep your facility safe from electricity – prevention, protection, emergency procedures, and so much more. Whatever your electrical safety goal is, we’re here to help.

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National Electrical Code (NEC)

National Electrical Code (NEC)

The National Electrical Code (NEC) is the ANSI/NFPA-approved standard for safe electrical installation. The NEC is revised once every three years, with the most recent changes in 2017.

Arc Flash Label Requirements

Arc Flash Label Requirements

Arc flash hazard labels must be placed on any piece of electrical equipment where workers might need to perform work while the equipment is still energized.

What is an Electrical Arc?

What is an Electrical Arc?

Electrical arcs can be a serious hazard when not intended. When an electric arc is created in an uncontrolled environment, such as an arc flash, serious injury or death can occur. Learn more...

Electrical Wire Colors

Electrical Wire Colors

Electrical wire colors are essential to the safety of anyone working with electricity. Click here and learn more about electrical color standards.

NFPA 70E

NFPA 70E

NFPA 70E was created to help prevent injuries to workers in energized environments. If you’re working with live energy, you need to know this safety standard to stay OSHA compliant.

What is a Thermal Printer?

What is a Thermal Printer?

Thermal printers are essential to printing in an industrial setting. Learn about the two types of thermal printing to determine which one suits your facility’s needs.

ANSI TIA 606-B Cable Labeling Standards

ANSI TIA 606-B Cable Labeling Standards

ANSI TIA 606-B Cable Labeling Standards are a unified labeling method for the wires used in computer systems. These standards help businesses record data and keep their IT environments organized. Get to know these standards; they’ll help your business run more efficiently.

Neutral Wire Color

Neutral Wire Color

Since electricity is an essential component of virtually every facility, it’s important to know which wires are associated with what color, and at what voltage.

Solar System Labeling

Solar System Labeling

In 2017, The National Electrical Code (NEC) made some significant changes to solar system labeling standards. Getting familiar with these updates will help your facility stay safe and efficient.

Wire Color Codes

Wire Color Codes

Proper electrical wiring is not the place for uncertainity. Fortunately, Wire Color Codes exist to protect you from harm, while ensuring that the lights stay on.

Labeling Electrical Conduits

Labeling Electrical Conduits

Learn how to label electrical conduits so employees can quickly identify them.

Typical Lockout Tagout Procedures

Typical Lockout Tagout Procedures

Find out how to use lockout tagout procedures for different kinds of energy including electrical, chemical, and pneumatic.

Arc Flash and Electrical Safety

Arc Flash and Electrical Safety

Learn how arc flash works and how it relates to your larger electrical safety program.

Lockout Tagout Program

Lockout Tagout Program

Understand the basic requirements for preventing the accidental startup of equipment during maintenance.

Arc Flash PPE

Arc Flash PPE

Make sure everyone knows what protective equipment they need to work near this serious hazard.

10 Essential Steps for Electrical Safety

10 Essential Steps for Electrical Safety

Follow these 10 steps to protect people and property from electrical hazards.

Arc Flash Software

Arc Flash Software

A review of common software programs that will help you reduce arc flash hazards.

Floor Marking for Electrical Panel Compliance

Floor Marking for Electrical Panel Compliance

Make sure you are meeting OSHA requirements for marking around electrical panels.

Arc Flash Facts

Arc Flash Facts

Arc flash can cause serious damage to people and property. Learn how arc flash works and how you can prevent it.

Cable Management

Cable Management

Properly marking wires can improve organization, facilitate faster maintenance, increase safety, and more.


Electrical Safety Questions and Answers

What electrical safety training should I provide?

Keeping employees safe at work is one of the primary obligations that a company has toward their workers. When working with electrical systems, this is especially important because of the fact that electrical injuries can cause permanent damage or even death in an instant. With this in mind, a company should always have a comprehensive… 

What are common hazards when working with electricity?

Electricity is one of the most dangerous forces of nature, yet we harness and use it every day to power homes, businesses, vehicles, and more. Whenever working with electricity, it is important to respect how dangerous it can be, and take steps to reduce the risk of accidents and injuries. One of the easiest things… 

How can a LOTO program improve electrical safety?

The lockout-tagout (LOTO) program is one of the most important ways that companies can improve safety when working on electrical system. The concept behind LOTO is that anyone who will be working on an electrical system has to physically remove the source of electricity, and place a lock on it so that it can’t be… 

What are electrical safety standards and who enforces them?

There are many different electrical safety standards that need to be followed in the workplace. These standards are often developed by safety companies, governmental agencies, or others that work to find the best practices in given situations. Some of these standards are enforced by government agencies, such as OSHA, and can come with serious penalties.… 

What are electrical wire colors?

When installing or working on electrical equipment it is important that all the wires are connected correctly. To make this easier, there are color standards for different types of wiring and what they are used for. This can be helpful in any situation, but is especially critical in equipment where the wires are long and… 

What are supplies I should have on hand to prevent or respond to electrical hazards?

All modern facilities use electricity to power their machinery and other equipment. In most cases, these items use high-voltage electrical currents, which can be very dangerous if there is any type of problem. With this in mind, employees need to be trained and equipped to be able to prevent electrical problems from occurring, or to… 

How often should electrical safety training be offered?

Providing electrical safety training to your employees is a proven way to minimize the risks of shock, fire, arc flashes, and other dangers. This type of training can cover general information about the hazards of electricity, how to work with it, and specific information about how your facility is to operate. The problem can be that… 

How should electrical panels or conduits be marked?

Electrical panels and conduits in many facilities have massive amounts of electricity flowing through them. These are typically the places where the main sources of electricity comes into the building, and where all equipment in the facility needs to be connected in order to access it. This makes these areas among the most dangerous when… 

How does electrical shock occur and how can it be prevented?

Electricity represents a huge danger to virtually every workplace, and those who are employed there. When someone is shocked due to an electrical problem it can range from a mild injury to a fatal accident, and everything in between. Learning how shocks occur, and how to prevent them, is a key component of any workplace… 

How do electrical fires start and how can they be prevented?

Electrical fires are account for 6.3% of residential fires, and many industrial fires as well. Using electricity is required for modern living, so it is important to identify the causes of these types of fires, and what can be done to prevent them. In the workplace, these types of fires can cause millions in damage,… 

What is common PPE used for electrical safety?

The best way to keep people safe from electrical hazards in the workplace is by implementing policies and procedures that reduce or eliminate various risks. Unfortunately, it is impossible to take steps that can be 100% effective, and if there is even one incident it can be deadly. With this in mind, it is important… 

How can visual communication improve electrical safety?

Electrical safety in the workplace is extremely important because electrical accidents can happen so quickly, and the results can be devastating. Without proper precautions, people can be killed due to electrocution, fires can be started, and even explosions can occur. One proven way to improve the safety of the workplace is to use visual communication… 

What Does it Mean to be Compliant for Electrical Safety?

Keeping the workplace safe from electrical hazards is the responsibility of everyone who is in the facility. Whether it is a manufacturing facility, a laboratory, an office, or some other environment, electricity is both very useful and very dangerous. This is why companies work to ensure they are compliant for electrical safety. Understanding what this… 

What are electrical safety risks in the office?

Compared to many other industries, office environments are fairly safe. There are still thousands of injuries that take place in office environments, but most of them are related to falls and other similar accidents. Just because an office is typically quite safe, however, doesn’t mean that the existing hazards should be ignored. Electrical hazards are… 

What are electrical safety risks at a construction site?

There are many hazards on a construction site, which is why contractors and construction companies take workplace safety seriously. While there are many different dangers to be aware of, few of them are as serious as the risk of problems caused by electrical systems. Throughout the entire work site there are going to be a… 

What are electrical safety risks in a lab?

When working in a laboratory environment most people don’t give much thought to the electrical systems that are present. While electricity is certainly used in almost all areas of a lab, there aren’t usually wires run all over, or even high-voltage signs displayed like you would find in many other environments. That being said, however,… 

Why is electrical safety important?

Workplace safety is something that every company needs to make a top priority. There are many types of hazards that exist, and in general they are all just covered under the generic topic of workplace safety. Interestingly, electrical safety is often addressed separately by many businesses. Some people wonder why electrical safety is so important,… 

What are electrical safety measures?

In any workplace it is important to take proper electrical safety measures to help avoid any type of accident or injury. This is especially critical when it comes to facilities with high voltage machinery and other equipment. The following are some basic electrical safety measures that should be put in place at virtually every facility.… 

What are electrical safety tips?

When trying to improve the safety of a facility there are many approaches that can be taken. One option is to conduct in-depth training courses, and engage in large scale activities focused on electrical safety. While that can certainly be effective, it is also a good idea to look into smaller-scale options that are more… 

What are the basics of electrical safety?

Electricity is required for just about all types of activities in most manufacturing and other facilities. For the last century, electricity has been a crucial part of just about everyone’s day to day life both at home and in the workplace. While electricity has improved the world in many ways, it is still important to… 

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Top 10 OSHA Violations in 2018

Top 10 OSHA Violations in 2018

Top 10 OSHA Violations from 2018 Fall Protection (1926.501) - 7,270 Violations Hazard Communication (1910.1200) - 4,552 Violations Scaffolding (1926.451) -… 

OSHA Top 10 Violations of 2015

OSHA Top 10 Violations of 2015

Top 10 OSHA Violations of 2015* Fall Protection (1926.501) - 6,721 Violations Hazard Communication (1910.1200) - 5,192 Violations Scaffolding (1926.451) - 4,295 Violations … 

Arc Flash PPE Categories

Arc Flash PPE Categories

Arc Flash PPE Categories The Arc Flash Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Category is determined by consulting the PPE tables in article… 

The Importance of Industrial Label Printers

The Importance of Industrial Label Printers

The Importance of Industrial Label Printers in the Workplace Safety 2.8 million workplace injuries occur every year in the US alone.This equates… 

Leading Causes of Workplace Injuries

Leading Causes of Workplace Injuries

Leading Causes of Workplace Injuries They may seem simple and ordinary, but they sure add up! Knowing the kinds of injuries… 

10 Astonishing Facts about Arc Flash

10 Astonishing Facts about Arc Flash

10 Astonishing Facts about Arc Flash An Arc Flash is an energy discharge that forms when a fault occurs in an… 

Electrical Safety Podcasts

OSHA inspections are a breeze if you’re ready. An OSHA Consultation Manager tells how OSHA can help your company be… 

Counterfeit electrical components can instantly burst into flames. Hear how to identify fake wiring, breakers and switches from Brett Brenner… 

NFPA 70E electrical standards see a major shift in the 2015 edition. Hear Bill Burke of the NFPA explain the… 

Electrical safety at work kicks up a notch with strong advice from OSHA trainer Jon Koppari. Hear Jon’s tips for… 

Storm cleanup done by company employees can cause them injury. Listen for tips on how to protect workers from the… 

Temporary wiring (like an extension cord) gets the thumbs-up from OSHA in just four settings. In only a couple of… 

Arc blast dangers can be minimized with a Hierarchy Of Controls. Hear the difference between arc flash and arc blast,… 

Arc flash can melt synthetic underwear right to your skin. Wear arc-rated base layers, socks and briefs beneath an arc-rated… 

Wind energy safety is a careful blend of fall protection, electrical hazard awareness and much more. Hear the best practices… 

Eye protection should ramp up in summer, when outdoor workers are exposed to more hazards. Hear how cheap sunglasses may… 

Battery myths. Can 9 volt batteries start fires, and how do you avoid them? Can 9 volt batteries fatally shock… 

Counterfeit electrical products, such as circuit breakers and electrical panels, can cause a building to go up in flames. Hear… 

Avoid the Fatal Four construction dangers. They kill more workers on job sites than any other. Listen and hear how… 

Workplace holiday fires can happen in an instant. Be careful with electricity, heat sources and flammables with workplace decorations inside… 

The NFPA 70E changes for 2015 are substantial. Business owners and safety managers—not just electricians—need to be aware. Hear from the… 

Lockout-tagout (LOTO) is not just for major equipment repairs. Do it for maintenance, cleaning, and even retrieving stuck items, or… 

Available fault current is the maximum current in a short circuit. Electrical service panels must be labeled with the current,… 

Machine safety at work requires constant attention. In our industrial age, there are many moving parts and sharp edges. Listen… 

Workplace hazards are sometimes hidden in plain sight. Workers and managers need to be aware of 10 dangerous hotspots in… 

Mining companies and miners must always be involved with mine safety. The past few generations of miners have had many… 

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