Core Concepts of Electrical Safety - EPSCO

EPSCO’s OneMoment electrical safety training series is designed to make it easier for anyone to be safer and more aware of electrical hazards in the workplace. As with anything, taking the first step makes all the difference.

If you want to up your safety game, you have to start with the core concepts of electrical safety. This week’s videos lay a foundation with definitions, key terms, and formulas you’ll need to get the most out of your training. Understanding the core concepts will help you better understand the “why” behind the best practices in electrical safety.

We’ll break down the concept of Electrical Safety itself, to help you see it the same way the NFPA 70E does. We’ll dive into the relationship between identifying Electrical Hazards and reducing Risks. We’ll look at some examples of risks that could result in electrical injury. From there, we’ll identify control methods you can use to protect your team by utilizing the Hierarchy of Risk Controls.

Our OneMoment online electrical safety training also considers the big picture. This week’s videos explain how Risk Assessment plays into overall safety, and how performing an arc flash study forms the foundation for any electrical safety initiatives. Arc Flash studies come with their own terminology, and OneMoment will detail Incident Energy, Incident Energy Calculations and Arc Flash Boundaries. We’ll also explain the difference between Restricted Approach Boundaries and Limited Approach Boundaries to help your team better reduce the risk of electrical shock.

The course will also define what makes a Qualified Individual, and how those individuals fit in with the safety procedures at your facility.

And no study of electrical safety concepts would be complete without understanding Ohm’s Law – The equation that measures characteristics of an electrical circuit, like current and resistance.

At EPSCO we believe everyone should be educated in the core concepts of electrical safety, so that we can all reach the common goal of reducing electrical injury risks in the workplace.