11/09/2005

New Safety E-Course Addresses Electrical Hazards

Electricity, a convenience that brings us computers, television and Christmas
lights, can also be a hazardous, potentially deadly force. To help teach
workers the basics of how to protect themselves from electrical hazards, the
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) introduces
Electrical Hazards, a recently released e-course.

The course introduces the learner to the basics of electricity and electrical
hazards at work and how to recognize them. Using power tools, extension cords
or other powered equipment, working near electrical equipment or other
installations, and working near power lines are among the hazardous situations
covered.

Electrical Hazards will be helpful to managers, supervisors and workers who may
encounter electrical hazards in the workplace but may not be formally qualified
to work with electrical equipment. The course may also be of interest to health
and safety committee members, facilities managers, and anyone needing general
awareness of electrical safety. It is not suitable for workers who work
directly with electrical equipment or installations, whose jobs require
specific training and qualifications.

Topics include:

  • Understanding electricity and electrical hazards
  • Electrical injuries (effects on the body)
  • Hazard control: electrical equipment and devices
  • Electrical hazards in the workplace
  • How to recognize hazardous situations

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

Recognize the types of electrical hazards that exist in the workplace;
Identify common electrical injuries and why they occur;

Recognize that fuses, circuit breakers, and ground fault circuit interrupters
can work to reduce the risk of hazardous conditions;

Understand that equipment or tools require preventive maintenance and act
appropriately in resolving these issues;

Identify and understand the electrical hazards associated with powerlines,
extension cords, overused outlets and live parts.

The course material applies to electrical safety in all workplaces including
construction, manufacturing, utilities, retail, agricultural and office
environments. Electrical Hazards takes about 60 minutes to complete.

Further information


AplusA-online.de - Source: Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety