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Safety for electricians

Helping to create a safe work environment for electricians


When becoming a professional electrician, you can face a substantial amount of danger from electrical hazards daily.

Whether you are a renovating an existing residential load center or servicing equipment for a small apartment building, taking the necessary precautions to electrical safety creates a healthy and safe work environment. 

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Practicing safe electrical work can help reduce injuries

Injuries are more likely to occur at work than at home, especially when it comes to electricity


Stay alert and beware of your surroundings


Inspect cords and power tools for damage prior to use


Wearing lose clothing or accessories could be harmful

Here are 6 electrical safety tips for electricians

Apply these on-the-job tips into your everyday work life


Know your rights

As an electrician, you have the right to a safe work environment. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) helps protect those rights for you.  You can visit OSHA’s official website to learn more about these laws. 

Wear the proper equipment

Wearing adequate and reliable safety gear is a critical step to a safe work environment.  Understand the right level of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) needed before starting your next job. 

Plan your safety

Consider all electrical hazards prior to starting your job.  This includes isolating equipment from other sources of energy, identifying electrical shock and arc flash locations, and testing outlets and conductors for voltages.

Use equipment properly

Tools and equipment provide specific functionally. Misuse can lead to unsafe working conditions.  When using ladders, double-check for overhead power sources and other obstructions; also inspect prior to hoisting equipment.

Get trained

Receiving proper training is an easy and important step to electrical safety.  Eaton offers multiple training courses through our Eaton Certified Contractor Network program.

Be familiar with the code

Making sure you are up-to-date with the latest National Electrical Code (NEC) requirements will help ensure you are installing code compliant solutions.

Code compliance can help increase electrician safety

Download our NEC 2020 brochure today

Every three years, members of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) meet to review, modify and add new National Electrical Code (NEC), or NFPA 70, requirements to enhance electrical safety in the workplace and the home.

The NFPA 70, National Electrical Code, creates the foundation for electrical safety.  The updated 2020 version of this reliable code echoes the evolution of the industry, resulting in several updates and four new articles related to the pressing issues of emergency disconnects, ground fault circuit interrupters, surge protection, arc energy reduction and more.