Work Hazards and Safety Practices in the Electric Power Industry

Workers in the electric power industry are potentially exposed to a variety of
serious hazards, such as arc flashes (which include arc flash burn and blast
hazards), electric shock, falls, and thermal burn hazards that can cause injury
and death. A new eTool, published by the US American Occupational Safety and
Health Administration, seeks to inform employers of their obligations to
develop the appropriate hazard prevention and control methodologies designed to
prevent workplace injuries and illnesses.

The eTool includes information on

  • Generation vs. Transmission and Distribution

  • Medical Services and First Aid

  • Hazard Assessment and Job Briefing

  • Energized vs. Deenergized Work

  • Hazardous Energy Control

  • Grounding for Employee Protection

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Insulating Protective Equipment (IPE)

  • Enclosed Spaces and Working Underground

  • Overhead Line Work

More info - Source: U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration