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Visit the Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution Standard Page for information on the final rule.
Working with electricity can be dangerous. Engineers, electricians, and other professionals work with electricity directly, including working on overhead lines, cable harnesses, and circuit assemblies. Others, such as office workers and sales people, work with electricity indirectly and may also be exposed to electrical hazards.
Electricity has long been recognized as a serious workplace hazard. OSHA's electrical standards are designed to protect employees exposed to dangers such as electric shock, electrocution, fires, and explosions.
Electrical hazards are addressed in specific OSHA standards for General Industry, Shipyard Employment, and Marine Terminals.
Provides construction information related to electrical hazards.
Provides references that may aid in recognizing hazards associated with electrical work.
Highlights references that may aid in controlling electrical hazards in the workplace.
Provides links and references to additional resources related to electrical hazards.
How do I find out about employer responsibilities and workers' rights?
Workers have a right to a safe workplace. The law requires employers to provide their employees with safe and healthful workplaces. The OSHA law also prohibits employers from retaliating against employees for exercising their rights under the law (including the right to raise a health and safety concern or report an injury). For more information see www.whistleblowers.gov or Workers' rights under the OSH Act.
OSHA can help answer questions or concerns from employers and workers. To reach your regional or area OSHA office, go to the OSHA Offices by State webpage or call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742).
Small business employers may contact OSHA's free and confidential On-site Consultation program to help determine whether there are hazards at their worksites and work with OSHA on correcting any identified hazards. Consultants in this program from state agencies or universities work with employers to identify workplace hazards, provide advice on compliance with OSHA standards, and assist in establishing injury and illness prevention programs. On-site Consultation services are separate from enforcement activities and do not result in penalties or citations. To contact OSHA's free consultation service, go to OSHA's On-site Consultation web page or call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742) and press number 4.
Workers may file a complaint to have OSHA inspect their workplace if they believe that their employer is not following OSHA standards or that there are serious hazards. Workers can file a complaint with OSHA by calling 1-800-321-OSHA (6742), online via eComplaint Form, or by printing the complaint form and mailing or faxing it to the local OSHA area office. Complaints that are signed by a worker are more likely to result in an inspection.
If you think your job is unsafe or if you have questions, contact OSHA at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742). Your contact will be kept confidential. We can help. For other valuable worker protection information, such as Workers' Rights, Employer Responsibilities, and other services OSHA offers, visit OSHA's Workers' page.
- OSHA announces final rule revising standards for electric power generation, transmission and distribution. OSHA News Release, (April 1, 2014). OSHA sent to the Federal Register a final rule to improve workplace safety and health for workers performing electric power generation, transmission and distribution work.
- Subpart S – Electrical Standard. OSHA eTool.
- Hazard Alert: Incorrectly Refurbished Circuit Breakers. OSHA, (2011).
- Certification of Workplace Products by Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories (PDF). OSHA Safety and Health Information Bulletin (SHIB), (2010, February 16).
- Electrical Standard; Final Rule. OSHA Federal Register Final Rules 72:7135-7221, (February 14, 2007). Focuses on safety in the design and installation of electric equipment in the workplace. This revision provides the first update of the installation requirements in the general industry electrical installation standard since 1981.
- Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution. OSHA eTool. Describes the many parts of the electric power system.
- Ergonomics: Solutions for Electrical Contractors. OSHA eTool. Describes common hazards that electrical contractors may encounter and possible solutions for these hazards.