Electrician Safety Courses
Being an electrician is more than just knowing how and where to attach wires, run electrical lines and make the right place for a chandelier. It requires that you understand and follow the rules of staying safe. It also means that you are responsible for the safety of your helpers.
Courses Required to Protect Workers and Premises
Some courses are mandated to protect anyone and everyone that works in an environment where open electrical circuits may be present. Some courses, such as the first one, are meant to help electricians know how to keep everyone safe including those that may just wander through your worksite.
- First Aid and CPR training – as medical advances have progressed; new techniques have evolved in first aid and CPR. If you took these classes more than 5-years ago, it is imperative that you retake them now. Older methods are now known to cause additional harm that can be avoided. If there is only one class that everyone in the construction industry needs, it is this one.
- Low Voltage/High Voltage Electrical Safety – every electrician, helper and technicians that are involved in working with systems that are 50-volts or higher need to take this course. That includes repair people as well as installers. Understanding how to avoid shocks and electrocution is the first step in maintaining a safe work environment.
- Lock and Tag classes – there are classes available for electricians, helpers, technicians, supervisors and employees that need to understand some of the details and reasons for Lock and Tag situations. There are also general classes that are designed to make other workers on a site aware of the situation and how to behave while in the immediate area.
Additional Courses for Electricians Only
There are other courses for electricians specifically, many of which are standardized under OSHA regulations. In order to provide a minimum standard of safety, the general requirements for electricians include:
- Knowing how to properly label and identify the purpose of use of electrical components including the strength and durability, wire bending techniques and arcing effects of each
- Knowing how to properly fasten electrical equipment and the conditions under which each type of fastening method is most suitable
- A full understanding of the safety methods needed for electrical connections with the various and dissimilar metals that may be in use on a given project
- Courses that explain and prepare electricians to safely and properly make splices and terminal connections that protect life and property
- Classes in reading and comprehending the purposes of markings on electrical components and other equipment as well as knowing where to get further information if an accident occurs with a piece of equipment.
As an electrician, it is important that all the safety rules and procedures are understood, followed and communicated accurately to those who work on the site with you. OSHA holds free classes in colleges and work sites around the country. Take advantage of as many safety courses as you can and keep up to date on the latest safety issues in the industry.