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Electrical Safety

Electrical safety is an important part of workplace safety as electrical hazards can cause burns, shocks and electrocution (death). 

The EH&S Office has some university-specific guidelines/programs on the use of extension cords and Lock Out Tag Out. 

Extension Cord Safety

Lock Out Tag Out (LOTO)

In general:

  • Always assume overhead wires are energized.
  • Never touch overhead or downed power lines. Report any downed power lines.
  • Never operate electrical equipment while you are standing in water.
  • Never repair electrical cords or equipment unless qualified and authorized.
  • Have a qualified electrician inspect electrical equipment that has gotten wet before energizing it.
  • If working in damp locations, inspect electric cords and equipment to ensure that they are in good condition and free of defects, and use a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI).
  • Always use caution when working near electricity
Call Work Control at 221-2270 for any electrical concerns or work orders on campus.