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.
- 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