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    July 19, 2023

    Electrical Hazards in the Workplace to Monitor Closely

    Every workplace has its own unique set of safety hazards. However, electrical hazards can be found everywhere.

    This means that employers need to monitor these hazards closely, educate workers about these hazards, and do everything in their power to avoid electrical accidents. This process starts with simply understanding the hazards that need to be monitored so that those hazards can be mitigated. With that said, let’s look at the most common electrical hazards that are found in most workplaces so that companies can be proactive in preventing electrical accidents. 

    Damaged Equipment

    Any kind of damage to electrical tools and equipment can be a serious safety hazard. All types of equipment, especially electrical equipment, should be inspected frequently and before every use. If there is any type of defect, the equipment shouldn’t be used because the risk is too high.

    No Lockout/Tagout

    When large machinery requires maintenance, proper lockout/tagout procedures should be followed. This type of equipment can still carry electrical charges even after they’ve been turned off. Employees can be put in a dangerous position if the right lockout/tagout steps aren’t followed every time. 

    Frayed Cables

    This should be obvious but frayed cables are a dead giveaway of an electoral problem. Both electrical shock and fires are possible when frayed or cracked cables are used. Trying to fix them with tape so they can be used temporarily is also a big mistake. Any damaged cords should be replaced right away, no questions asked.

    Poor Wiring

    Wires and extension cords are sometimes taken for granted but need to be right for the job they’re performing. If not, it creates a serious safety risk. It’s best to use heavy-duty extension cords whenever possible so that there is no chance of overloading an outlet and putting too much strain on the wiring.

    Exposed Parts

    Items like temporary lighting or detached insulation parts are prime examples of exposed electrical parts that can create preventable safety hazards. There should always be proper guarding mechanisms on these exposed parts. Otherwise, they can lead to burns or shock.

    Poor Insulation

    Inadequate electrical insulation can lead to both fires and electrocutions. Wires and cords should always be inspected to ensure they are properly insulated. If not, they should be replaced right away. This is another occasion where electrical tape doesn’t take away the risk enough to make employees safe.


    Needless to say, any environment where there is water present is not going to mix well with electricity. Water will always increase the risk of electrocution when electrical equipment is present. Electrical equipment should be kept far away from anywhere there is the threat of a water intrusion, while water sources should be kept far away from electrical equipment.

    Improper Grounding

    Last but not least, improper grounding is a common electrical hazard that can be found just about anywhere. If equipment isn’t in the earth or grounded properly, there will be a risk of electrocution. Even a small risk is too much when you’re trying to protect employees. Therefore, a qualified professional should regularly check that electrical devices are properly grounded.

    Stay On Top of Safety Concerns

    Of course, electrical hazards aren’t the only types of safety hazards in the workplace. Fortunately, employers can stay on top of all safety concerns with the safety management software offered by EHS Insight. Our system was created to help monitor all potential safety hazards and perform all steps that can help to mitigate safety hazards and keep employees protected. This is the best way to make sure that workers are given the proper protection and stay safe on the job.

    If your business wants to stay ahead of safety concerns and hazards, let’s talk about how our software can help you create the safest environment possible.