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Electrician Safety Training

Electricity is one of the most important, useful, and incredible discoveries in human history. It has become so important to everyday life that it’s hard to imagine living even one day without it in a home or office environment. Below, you’ll find a list of training topics that are required for most Electricians.

OSHA Required Training

Lockout Tagout OSHA Regulation: 1910.147(c)(7)

When OSHA Requires Lockout Tagout Training:

When an employee works in area that contains machinery that is locked out / tagged out. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

When there is a change.

Downloadable Lockout Tagout Training Resources (free):

  • Lockout Tagout Powerpoint

  • Lockout Tagout Safety Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Lockout Tagout Training Videos (paid):

  • Lock Out Tag Out by Atlantic Training

  • Lock Out Tag Out Refresher by Atlantic Training

  • Lockout/Tagout Lightning In A Bottle by Coastal Training / DuPont

Emergency Evacuation OSHA Regulation: 1910.38(e)

When OSHA Requires Emergency Evacuation Training:

If fire extinguishers are provided in your workplace and/or anyone will be evacuating during a fire or other emergency. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

When there is a change.

Downloadable Emergency Evacuation Training Resources (free):

  • Emergency Evacuation Powerpoint

  • Emergency Evacuation Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Emergency Evacuation Training Videos (paid):

  • Evacuation Procedures by Atlantic Training

  • Emergency Evacuation by Digital 2000

  • Emergency Planning by Atlantic Training

First Aid OSHA Regulation: 1910.266 App B

When OSHA Requires First Aid Training:

In the absence of a nearby hospital or clinic (more than 4 minutes away), a designated employee should be trained to render first aid. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

Retraining for life threatening emergencies should occur annually. Retraining for non-life-threatening response should occur 'periodically'.

Downloadable First Aid Training Resources (free):

  • Basic First Aid Powerpoint

  • First Aid Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

First Aid Training Videos (paid):

  • First Aid by Atlantic Training

  • First Aid in Construction Environments by Atlantic Training

  • First Aid: React & Respond AHA by Summit Training

Fire Extinguisher OSHA Regulation: 1910.157(g)

When OSHA Requires Fire Extinguisher Training:

When fire extinguishers exist in the workplace, the employer should train employees on their usage. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

Annually.

Downloadable Fire Extinguisher Training Resources (free):

  • Fire Extinguisher Training Powerpoint

  • Fire Extinguisher Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Fire Extinguisher Training Videos (paid):

  • Using Fire Extinguishers Safely by Atlantic Training

  • Portable Fire Extinguishers Protecting People And Property by Coastal Training

  • Fire Extinguisher Safety by Atlantic Training

Electrical OSHA Regulation: 1910.332

When OSHA Requires Electrical Training:

When an employee faces the risk of electric shock that is not reduced to a safe level by engineering controls. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

None specified.

Downloadable Electrical Training Resources (free):

  • Electrical Safety Awareness Training Powerpoint

  • Electrical Safety Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Electrical Training Videos (paid):

  • Electrocution Hazards In Construction Environments PART I by Atlantic Training

  • Electrocution Hazards In Construction Environments PART II by Atlantic Training

  • Electrical Safety by Summit Training

Ladder / Stairway OSHA Regulation: 1926.1060

When OSHA Requires Ladder / Stairway Training:

Employees that are required to use ladders or stairways should be trained on the hazards associated with their usage. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

Provide retraining so that the employee maintains the understanding and knowledge acquired from the training.

Downloadable Ladder / Stairway Training Resources (free):

  • Ladder Safety Powerpoint

  • Ladder Safety Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Ladder Safety Training Videos (paid):

  • ladder safety

    Ladder Safety by Atlantic Training

  • ladder safety

    Ladder Safety in Construction by Atlantic Training

  • Stairways & Ladders by Coastal Training

Fall Protection OSHA Regulation: 1926.503(a)

When OSHA Requires Fall Protection Training:

Required for each employee that may be exposed to fall hazards. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

When there is a change in the workplace or the employer has reason to believe that a trained employee does not have the understanding and skill necessary to perform the job safely.

Downloadable Fall Protection Training Resources (free):

  • Fall Protection Powerpoint

  • Fall Protection Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Fall Protection Training Videos (paid):

  • Fall Protection by Atlantic Training

  • Fall Protection: Prevent Falling with PPE by Atlantic Training

  • Fall Protection The Right Connection by Coastal Training

Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment OSHA Regulation: 1910.132(f)

When OSHA Requires Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment Training:

When an employee is required to wear PPE, they must be trained on its usage. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

Retraining required when the type of PPE changes, employee demonstrates inability to use PPE properly, or when the workplace changes in a way that renders previous training obsolete.

Downloadable Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment Training Resources (free):

  • Personal Protective Equipment Powerpoint

  • Personal Protective Equipment Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment Training Videos (paid):

  • ppe

    Personal Protective Equipment by Atlantic Training

  • ppe construction

    Personal Protective Equipment in Construction by Atlantic Training

  • Personal Protective Equipment Refresher by Atlantic Training

Industry Best-Practice Training
(Not required by OSHA)

Slips, Trips and Falls

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Slips, Trips and Falls Training Resources (free):

  • Slips, Trips and Falls Powerpoint

  • Slips, Trips and Falls Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Slips, Trips and Falls Training Videos (paid):

  • Slips, Trips & Falls by Atlantic Training

  • Slips Trips and Falls in Construction by Atlantic Training

  • Slips, Trips and Falls Taking The Right Steps by Coastal Training

Hand Safety

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Hand Safety Training Resources (free):

  • Hand Safety Powerpoint

  • Hand Safety Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Hand Safety Training Videos (paid):

  • Hand, Wrist, and Finger Safety by Atlantic Training

  • Hand, Wrist and Finger Safety in Construction Environments by Atlantic Training

  • Hand Safety by Summit Training

Arc Flash

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Arc Flash Training Resources (free):

  • Arc Flash Powerpoint

  • Arc Flash Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Arc Flash Training Videos (paid):

  • Arc Flash Safety NFPA 70E by Atlantic Training

  • Arc Flash Safety by Atlantic Training

  • Electrical Safety: NFPA 70E by Summit Training



Injury Risk

  • Very Low
  • Low
  • Moderate
  • HIGH
  • VERY HIGH

2.4% (rough approximation based on specialty trade contractors -> construction industry) 2.4% Annual Injury Rate

Electrician Safety Tips

Quick Tip

It’s crucial for electricians to say in great shape. Reaching wires requires flexibility and endurance that can only come from getting exercise and eating healthy at home. To help you better deal with certain extreme conditions and positions for long periods of time, take care of yourself, stretch regularly, and stay on a strict diet.

Electricity is one of the most important, useful, and incredible discoveries in human history. It has become so important to everyday life that it’s hard to imagine living even one day without it in a home or office environment. That’s why what electricians do—repairing and installing electrical systems---is so important. But, as an electrician it’s important to remember that these systems are also dangerous. A faulty electrical wiring in a building can easily lead to electrocution, shock, and fire. Repairing these systems puts you at risk to experience these hazards every day. Make sure and follow some basic principles of safety to ensure that you are minimizing your risk and keeping others around you safe as well.

Basic Safety

  • Know your surroundings. As an electrician, you will often be required to travel to new buildings every single day. Each of these new spaces might present potential hazards. In homes, pay attention to children and people and make sure they know when to stay away. In offices, not the emergency exits and be prepared for an evacuation due to fire or catastrophe.
  • Know how to use a fire extinguisher and keep one with you at all times as part of your regular equipment.
  • Keep your tools organized and close to you. Never let a client or anyone who isn’t properly trained handle your equipment.
  • If you have to lift anything heavy, make sure that it is within your ability.
  • Always use proper lifting technique; never lift with your back.
  • For dusty areas, or areas with hazardous chemicals, wear a mask while working.
  • Use safety goggles if you have to drill or saw into a wall.
  • Use the appropriate ladder if you need to reach a wire higher up on a wall. Never stand on top of ladders.

Electrical Safety

  • Imagine that all devices you encounter are energized. This will help you to remember to double check that the power has been cut off and the circuit or line is no longer live.
  • Use non-conducting tools and prepare yourself with shoes and gloves that are insulated to prevent the transmission of electric currents.
  • Be very careful around all moisture. Even the condensation from temperature changes could cause enough moisture to create a dangerous situation while working with electricity.
  • Never work on a circuit or wire when water has collected near you.
  • Don’t smoke near electrical equipment, and keep any flammable liquids or materials far away from your work area.
  • All conductors of electricity including any metal scaffolding should be kept far from power lines.
  • Pay attention to your extension cords. Never use a cord that has become frayed, damaged, or shows sign of wear and tear.

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