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Electrical Safety

Safety Skills

This library consists of eight lessons. The lessons in this library were designed to provide training for electricians, mechanics, and others working with or around electricity. The lessons in this library provide an understanding of electricity focused on increased awareness and prevention of industrial accidents.

Audience: This program is excellent for training instrument technicians as well as for the multi-craft training needs of process and manufacturing.

Number of Courses: 9

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Course 1 – Working Safely with Electricity

Prerequisites: None

Description: This is the first lesson in the 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.

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.



Course 2 – Electrical Circuits and Supplies

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

Description: This is the second lesson in the 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.

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.



Course 3 – Electrical Shock

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

Description: This is the third lesson in the 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.

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.



Course 4 – Electrical Personal Protective Equipment

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

Description: This is the fourth lesson in the 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.

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”.



Course 5 – Protective Gloves and Sleeves

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

Description: This is the fifth lesson in the 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.

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.



Course 6 – Eye and Face Protection

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

Description: This is the sixth lesson in the 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.

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.



Course 7 – Protective Helmets

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

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.

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.



Course 8 – General Protective Equipment

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

Description: This is the eighth lesson in the 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.

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.
  • Identity proper methods for using ropes and handlines.



Course 9 – Lockout/Tagout

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

Description: This is the ninth lesson in the iKNOW™ Electrical Safety Library. This lesson describes the lockout/tagout safety system used to ensure safety in the workplace and required by OSHA. Machinery must be properly shut off and de-energized during any service and maintenance. The need and use of locks, tags, alerting techniques, and attendants. The three roles and responsibilities for Authorized, Affected and Other employees are discussed and the lesson reinforces the requirements for being “qualified” for a particular task introduced in lesson 3, Electrical Shock.

Objectives:

  • Define lockout/tagout.
  • Identify employee and employer roles and resposibitlities.
  • Recognize the requirements for being Authorized.
  • Follow required lockout/tagout OSHA steps and procedures.
  • Distinguish and properly use correct, locks and tags
  • Define the need for group lockout/tagout.