OSHA Electrical Safety - Arc Flash and Shock Protection

OSHA Electrical Safety

OSHA electrical safety standards are designed to help protect employees, electrical and non electrical workers, who are and may be exposed to potential electrical hazards such as personal electric shock, arc flash and arc blast, fatal electrocution, electrical arc flash fires, and arc blast explosions. These various electrical hazards are covered in specific electrical safety OSHA standards for the general workplace, shipyard employment, and marine terminals. It has long been established and documented by hundreds of thousands of injuries and deaths that electricity is a serious workplace hazard.

A proper understanding of OSHA and NFPA 70E requirements is necessary in order to implement an arc flash assessment, as part of a company's overall OSHA electrical safety program. It will help companies make important decisions concerning the safety of employees, contractors and help manage the complex tasks of OSHA and NFPA 70E compliance for reducing arc flash hazards by practicing safe work practices and understanding how to work safely.

Arc flash risk assessment techniques and the development of a comprehensive OSHA electrical safety program is needed in order to protect against arc flash hazards. Research into the arcing phenomena is ongoing as the electrical industry tries to better understand and model arcing faults. Standards and recommended practices are changing constantly to reflect these new understandings and to better protect workers. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is also changing at a rapid pace as new and better technology is developed.

OSHA electrical safety regulations govern electrical safety hazards are addressed in specific Electrical Safety OSHA electrical safety standards for the general industry, shipyard employment, and marine terminals. Electrical Safety OSHA standards, the Regulatory Agenda (a list of actions being taken with regard to Electrical Safety OSHA standards), including Federal Registers (these are rules, proposed rules, and also notices), Electrical Safety OSHA directives (these are instructions for persons deemed to be "electrical compliance officers"), standard interpretations (this means official letters of interpretation of the Electrical Safety OSHA standards), and national consensus standards which are related to any electrical equipment hazards.

  • 1910 Subpart I, Personal Protective Equipment
    • 1910.137, Electrical Protective Equipment
  • 1910 Subpart R, Special Industries
    • 1910.269, Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution
  • 1910 Subpart S, Electrical
    • 1910.302, Electric Utilization Systems
    • 1910.303, General
    • 1910.304, Wiring Design and Protection
    • 1910.305, Wiring Methods, Components, and Equipment for General Use
    • 1910.306, Specific Purpose Equipment and Installations
    • 1910.307, Hazardous (classified) Locations
    • 1910.308, Special Systems
    • 1910.331, Scope
    • 1910.332, Training
    • 1910.333, Selection and Use of Work Practices
    • 1910.334, Use of Equipment
    • 1910.335, Safeguards for Electrical Personnel Protection

There's little doubt that working with electricity and working on energized electrical equipment can be and is very often dangerous, injurious and even fatal. Front line electrical workers, electrical engineers, plant electricians, and other electical professionals work directly with electricity or work on overhead lines, etc. But there are also non electrical workers who are constantly exposed to the potential hazards of electricity, including office workers.

Electrical safety OSHA electrical safety standards are specifically intended for front line institutional, commercial and industrial electrical workers, electrical technicians, and electrical engineering professionals who all must be properly trained in each and every aspects of electrical safety, electrical maintenance, and electrical operating procedures in order to do their jobs properly on complex electrical equipment and systems today.

Electrical safety OSHA standards and the hazards associated with electrical installations and equipment are the focus of our training course. It is important to gain an understanding and appreciation of both single and three phase electrical systems, as well as cord and plug both connected and also fixed electrical equipment, electrical grounding, electrical ground fault circuit interrupter equipment, hazardous locations and electrical safety OSHA related work practices and procedures. Special emphasis is placed on electrical hazard recognition and electrical safety OSHA inspection procedures. Topics include: Personal Protective Equipment, Energized Parts, Electrical Grounding, Medical Services / First Aid, Hazardous Energy Control (Lock Out).

OSHA 29 CFR 1910.331 to .335 defines "Safety Related Work Practices" for both qualified and unqualified workers. These regulations cover the scope, content, and requirements for training and define qualified and unqualified employees. Safety related work practices covered include: understanding and and recognizing energized and deenergized parts, lockout and tagging, and minimum approach distances. The Use of Equipment Section sets forth the regulations for handling, inspecting and utilizing electrical equipment.

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