Why Worry About
Electrocutions rank FOURTH (9%) in causes of industrial FATALITIES (behind traffic,
violence and construction). The National Safety council estimates 600 people die
every year of electrical causes. Most of these accidents involve low voltage (600
volts or less).
Roughly 3,600 disabling electrical contact
injuries occur every year in the United States, along with another 4,000 non-disabling
Effects on your body:
small night-light with a 6-watt bulb draws .05 ampere, and even that small amount of
current can be fatal. Here are some effects of current (in milli amps) passing
through a 150 pound body (note that perception is only .5 to 1.5 milli amps):
is an integral part of today's modern world, and sometimes it is easy to forget just how
dangerous it can be. Given the correct circumstances, it can kill. But it can
also shock you painfully, damage sensitive equipment, and ignite combustible materials.
training module will cover some basic safety rules you should follow in regards to
This training is basically for those who
are unqualified to be electricians, but whose work may be performed close to electrical
Check out OSU EHS's online Information
Library for additional information.
Why Worry About Electricity?
Common Causes of
How You Can Protect Yourself
Codes and Regulations