Electrical Safety

Eight individual lessons make up the ITC Learning On-Line Electrical Safety Library. ITC Learning’s Electrical Safety library was specifically developed for employees in all disciplines that require knowledge in basic electrical safety awareness. Each lesson is a self-paced comprehensive training program, and is divided into individual topic areas.

Working Safely with Electricity


Description: This is the first lesson in the iKNOW™ Electrical Safety Library. This lesson forms the foundation for the other lessons in Electrical Safety Library. The lesson explains safe work habits and basic safety rules that should be used when working around electricity. The importance of safely using circuits, the dangers of static electricity and the methods used to control it, is discussed. The used of fire extinguishers and how to identify the correct type of fire extinguisher to use on an electrical fire is also presented.

Prerequisites: None

Topics:

Electricity and Safe Work Habits

Work Safety

Overloading a Circuit

Basic Safety Rules

Static Electricity and Bonding

Electrical Fire

Objectives:

  • Describe the need to make electrical safety habits second-nature
  • Describe the safe loading of circuits
  • List basic rules when working around electricity
  • Describe the dangers of static electricity
  • Describe the methods for controlling static electricity
  • Identify the correct type of fire extinguisher to use on an electrical fire

Electrical Circuits and Supplies


Description: This is the second lesson in the iKNOW™ Electrical Safety Library. This lesson explains the relationship between voltage, current and resistance. It also demonstrates the correct method for selecting, inspecting, and handling extension cords and portable electric hand tools, and the purpose of ground fault interrupters is explained.

Prerequisites: Review of the lesson, Working Safely with Electricity, is recommended.

Topics:

Extension Cords

Ground Fault Interrupters (GFI)

Portable Power Tools

Mobile Equipment

Electrical Circuits

Objectives:

  • Describe how voltage, current, and resistance are related
  • Identify safety considerations when using an extension cord
  • Select the correct extension cord by rating
  • Demonstrate the correct method of inspecting and handling extension cords
  • Identify the proper procedure for inspecting portable electric hand tools
  • Define the purpose of a Ground Fault Interrupter (GFI)
  • Describe the proper procedure for operating mobile equipment around energized circuits

Electrical Shock


Description: This is the third lesson in the iKNOW™ Electrical Safety Library. This lesson describes the effects electrical current has on the human body. Proper methods of removing a victim from an energized circuit are discussed. Who is “qualified” to perform a particular task and alerting techniques are introduced.

Prerequisites: Review of the lesson, Working Safely with Electricity, is recommended.

Topics:

Cause of Electrical Shock

Preventing Shock

De-energizing Energy Sources

Removing a Victim from a Circuit

Objectives:

  • Describe how accidental electric shock can occur
  • Describe the affects various amounts of current have on the human body
  • Identify the factors that influence body resistance to electric shock
  • Describe how various current paths through the body affect the severity of an electric shock
  • Describe how the amount of time spent in contact with an electrical circuit will affect the severity of an electric shock
  • Identify alerting techniques warning of electrical hazards
  • Describe the need to lock and tag a de-energized circuit before working on the circuit
  • Describe who is “Qualified” according to OSHA
  • Identify proper methods of removing a victim from an energized circuit

Electrical Person Protective Equipment


Description: This is the fourth lesson in the iKNOW™ Electrical Safety Library. This lesson defines personal protective equipment. The need for various alerting techniques, barriers, and attendants, and their roles is discussed, as well as the importance of following safe work habits. In addition, the lesson reinforces the requirements for being “qualified” for a particular task introduced in lesson 3, Electrical Shock.

Prerequisites: Review of the lessons, Working Safely with Electricity and Electrical Shock, is recommended.

Topics:

What is PPE?

Who is Qualified?

Safe Work Practices

Alerting Techniques

Objectives:

  • Define PPE
  • Follow safe work habits
  • Identify and use alerting techniques
  • Properly use barriers
  • Identify the need for an attendant
  • Identify the requirements for being “Qualified”

Protective Gloves and Sleeves


Description: This is the fifth lesson in the iKNOW™ Electrical Safety Library. This lesson discusses the types and classes of protective gloves and sleeves used when working around electricity. The lesson identifies the proper practices for inspecting, repairing, wearing, and maintaining gloves and sleeves.

Prerequisites: Review of the lesson, Working Safely with Electricity, is recommended.

Topics:

Gloves and Sleeves

Class and Type, Inspection

Repair and Testing

Wearing Gloves and Sleeves

Care of Gloves and Sleeves

Objectives:

  • Describe the hazards for which gloves should be worn and the factors to consider when selecting gloves
  • Identify proper practices for inspecting gloves and sleeves prior to use
  • Identify proper practices for repairing gloves and sleeves
  • Identify proper practices for wearing gloves and sleeves
  • Identify proper practices for caring for gloves and sleeves

Eye and Face Protection


Description: This is the sixth lesson in the iKNOW™ Electrical Safety Library. This lesson explains the importance of eye and face protection, as well as the proper practices for its inspections, care, and wear.

Prerequisites: Review of the lesson, Working Safely with Electricity, is recommended.

Topics:

Eye and Face Protection

Inspection of Eye and Face Protection

Care of Eye and Face Protection

Objectives:

  • Identify approved protective eyewear and the types of hazards for which it offers protection
  • Identify proper practices for putting on and taking off protective eyewear
  • Identify proper practices for inspecting protective eyewear
  • Identify proper practices for caring for protective eyewear

Protective Helmets


Description: This is the seventh lesson in the iKNOW™ Electrical Safety Library. This lesson explains the protection provided by helmets, and the proper methods of inspection, wearing, and maintaining a helmet.

Prerequisites: Review of the lesson, Working Safely with Electricity, is recommended.

Topics:

Protective Helmets

Inspection

Wearing the Helmet

Care of the Helmet

Objectives:

  • Explain the protection provided by helmets
  • Identify the level of protection offered by Class A and Class B helmets
  • Identify proper methods for inspecting a helmet
  • Identify proper methods for wearing a helmet
  • Identify proper methods for maintaining a helmet

General Protective Equipment


Description: This is the eighth lesson in the iKNOW™ Electrical Safety Library. This lesson presents information about safeguards, other than Personal Protective Equipment worn on the body, used when working with or around electricity. Inspection, repair, and care of general protective equipment, and proper used of this equipment are presented.

Prerequisites: Review of the lesson, Working Safely with Electricity, is recommended.

Topics:

Introduction to General Protective Equipement

Line Covers and Blankets

Inspection, Repair and Care of Rubber Insulation

Matting

Insulated Tools

Ropes and Hand lines

Objectives:

  • Identify safeguards other than PPE worn on the body
  • Identify proper methods for using rubber insulating equipment such as line protectors, covers, and blankets
  • Identify proper uses of matting
  • Identify the safety features provided by insulating tools and how to use them properly
  • Identify proper methods for using fuse pullers
  • Identify proper methods for using barriers
  • Identify proper methods for using ropes and handlines