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Electrocution or shock from unsafe work practices, faulty electrical equipment, or wiring. Hospital kitchens typically include numerous electric-powered machines along with knives and other sharp objects and liquids, which could also increase the risk of electrocution of kitchen staff.

Requirements under OSHA's Electrical Standard, 29 CFR 1910 Subpart S

Employers must:

Receptacle type (Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter).
Receptacle type (Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter).
  • Ensure that equipment, tools, appliances, etc. near sources of water are properly grounded. [29 CFR 1910.304(g)(6)]
  • Ensure that electrical equipment is free from recognized hazards. [29 CFR 1910.303(b)(1)]
  • Remove from service all defective or damaged portable electrical equipment (e.g., extension cords and other cord and plug connected equipment). [29 CFR 1910.334(a)(2)(ii)]
  • Do not place defective or damaged portable electrical equipment back into service unless repairs and tests necessary to render the equipment safe have been made. [29 CFR 1910.334(a)(2)(ii)]

Additional Information

See Hospital-wide Hazards - Electrical Safety.