All electrical systems have the potential to cause harm. This May during National Electrical Safety Month, different companies and organizations are encouraged to boost awareness and bring attention to the hazards of electrical equipment and why there are electrical standards in place. OSHA has created these nationally enforced electrical standards where all types of electrical installations must meet or exceed these standards and recognize consensus codes. 

The standards for electrical installations do not cover qualified workers working on electric power generation, transmission, or distribution installations found in buildings or outdoors. A qualified person is defined as someone who has been trained to avoid electrical hazards when working on or near exposed energized parts. They are able to distinguish exposed live parts of electrical equipment and are knowledgeable of the skills used to determine the nominal voltages of these exposed parts. The standards do cover unqualified workers. Even though these unqualified people may not be exposed to energized parts on the job, they still need to be trained and familiarized with electrical safety practices. In addition, safety signs and labels in working facilities are a smart way to bring anyone’s attention to potential electrical hazards. 

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