Many workers are unaware of the potential electrical hazards present in their work environment, which makes them more vulnerable to the danger of electrocution. The following references aid in recognizing hazards associated with electrical work.
- Working Safely with Electricity (PDF*). OSHA Fact Sheet. Provides safety information on working with generators, power lines, extension cords, and electrical equipment.
- Using Portable Generators Safely (PDF*). OSHA Fact Sheet, (2005, September). Provides safety information on the hazards associated with generators, shock and electrocution, carbon monoxide poisoning, fire hazards, and noise and vibration hazards.
- Portable Generator Safety (PDF*). OSHA Quick Card, (2005). A Spanish version (PDF*) is also available. Includes information on the major causes of injuries and fatalities, safe work practices, and carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Electrical Safety Hazards of Overloading Cable Trays (PDF). OSHA Fact Sheet, (2006, March).
- Small Business Handbook (PDF). OSHA Publication 2209-02R, (2005).
- Hurricane Preparedness and Response. OSHA. Includes information such as news releases, public service announcements, fact sheets, frequently asked questions, and more.
- Electrical Safety. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Workplace Safety and Health Topic. Provides links to information about electrical safety and electrocutions.
- Electrical Safety: Safety and Health for Electrical Trades Student Manual. US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Publication No. 2009-113, (2009, March). As part of a safety and health curriculum for secondary and post-secondary electrical trades courses, this manual is designed to engage the learner in recognizing, evaluating, and controlling hazards associated with electrical work.
- Fire Fighters Exposed to Electrical Hazards During Wildland Fire Operations. US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Publication No. 2002-112, (2002, January). Covers two case studies regarding the electrocution of fire-fighters and recommends preventive methods.
- Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Program. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Workplace Safety and Health Topic. Provides information regarding hundreds of fatal incidents involving electrocutions investigated by NIOSH and state investigators.
- Worker Deaths by Electrocution: A Summary of Surveillance Findings and Investigative Case Reports. US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Publication No. 98-131, (1998, May). Highlights the magnitude of the problem of occupational electrocutions in the US, identifies potential risk factors for fatal injury, and provides recommendations for developing effective safety programs to reduce the risk of electrocution.
- Australian Government documents relating to electrical safety in Australia:
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