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Healthcare Wide Hazards

Potential Hazard

Employee exposure to electrical hazards including electric shock, electrocutions fires, and explosions. Damaged electrical cords can lead to possible shocks or electrocutions. A flexible electrical cord may be damaged by door or window edges, by staples and fastenings, by equipment rolling over it, or simply by aging.

  • Possible electrocution or electric shock or contact with electrical hazards from:

    • Faulty electrical equipment/machinery or wiring.

    • Damaged receptacles and connectors.

    • Unsafe work practices.

Possible Solutions

Comply with OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910 Subpart S - Electrical. The standard is comprehensive and includes the following sections:

  • Electrical equipment shall be free from recognized hazards [29 CFR 1910.303(b)(1)].

  • Listed or labeled equipment shall be used or installed in accordance with any instructions included in the listing or labeling [29 CFR 1910.303(b)(2)].

  • Sufficient access and working space shall be provided and maintained around all electric equipment to permit ready and safe operation and maintenance of such equipment [29 CFR 1910.303(g)(1)].

  • Ensure that all electrical service near sources of water is properly grounded [29 CFR 1910.304(g)(6)(vi)].

  • Tag out and remove from service all damaged receptacles and portable electrical equipment [29 CFR 1910.334(a)(2)(ii)].

  • Repair all damaged receptacles and portable electrical equipment before placing them back into service [29 CFR 1910.334(a)(2)(ii)].

  • Ensure that employees are trained not to plug or unplug energized equipment when their hands are wet [29 CFR 1910.334(a)(5)(i)].

  • Use safeguards for personnel protection and electrical protective equipment [29 CFR 1910.335(b)].

  • Select and use appropriate work practices [29 CFR 1910.333].

  • Follow requirements for Hazardous Classified Locations [29 CFR 1910.307].
Receptacle Type GFCI
Receptacle Type
  • Employers should use ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCI's) on all 120-volt, single-phase, and 15- and 20-ampere receptacles.

  • Wear and tear on electrical equipment or tools can result in insulation breaks, short-circuits and exposed wires. If there is no ground-fault protection, these can cause a ground-fault that sends current through the worker's body, resulting in electrical burns, explosions, fire, or death.

  • The ground-fault circuit interrupter, or GFCI, is a fast-acting circuit breaker designed to shut off electric power in the event of a ground-fault and prevent injury to the worker.

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