Electricity is essential to most aspects of modern life, and work in the laboratory is no exception. However, electricity presents real hazards to employee safety and health. It is essential that all laboratory personnel learn to identify electrical hazards and learn to work safely with electricity. Controlling the hazards of electricity in the laboratory is of special concern. This session helps trainees work safely when faced with potential electrical hazards. By the end of the course, trainees will be able to:
- Understand why and how electricity can be hazardous to humans;
- Identify the electrical hazards of laboratory work;
- Recognize the control measures at the facility to protect workers from electrical hazards; and
- Use safety procedures to ensure the safety of everyone at work.
Why “Electrical Safety in the Laboratory” Matters:
More than 400 workplace deaths per year in the United States are attributed to electricity, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. That is more than one worker per day dying in an accident involving electricity. This is why it is so important that laboratory employees recognize the electrical hazards at work and do all possible to control them.
The main points from this training session on electrical hazards and protection in the laboratory include:
- First, although electricity is essential to modern life and is present all around us, it is still hazardous and can even injure a person fatally.
- It’s essential to inform yourself about the electrical hazards you face.
- You should also understand the electrical safety features built into the laboratory, including circuit breakers and ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs).
- Be sure to use all the protective methods that are available to you, ranging from personal protective equipement (PPE) and machine guards to thorough equipment inspection.