Electrical Safety

This is shocking! Electrical Emergencies: 

How to Respond

Electrical Shock

A small night-light with a 6-watt bulb draws .05 ampere, and even that small amount of current can be fatal. Here are some effects of current (in milli amps) passing through a 150 pound body (note that perception is only .5 to 1.5 milli amps):

Protect yourself
Don't touch the person. That person might be energized, so
take time to protect yourself.
Don't try to use a conductive tool to free the person.
Don't touch anyone who has become grounded.
Call 911 for help, IF the person:
is obviously injured (loss of consciousness, significant
trauma, etc.)
has an altered mental status (confusion, slow/slurred speech,
has other obvious injury (laceration, burn, etc.)


at your discretion or that of the shock victim or supervisor.
Keep others from being harmed
Shut off the power (fuse or circuit-breaker or pull the plug; this might
be difficult because there might be secondary sources; if you are
not sure, get help)
Move the victim to safety only when power is OFF and no neck or
spine injuries are possible
Give necessary first aid (keep CPR training up-to-date).
Report accident to supervisor (even minor shocks and close calls
must be reported)
Secure area
Collect data for an investigation and to prevent reoccurrence.

What To Do Until Aid Arrives:

Check for:
If person's heart has stopped, start CPR, if you are trained.
If person isn't breathing, begin mouth-to-mouth resuscitation,
if you are trained.
Treat for shock
Keep person lying down.
If unconscious, put them on their side to let fluids drain.
Don't move the person if neck or spine injuries are possible.
Cover the person to maintain body heat
Stay with patient until help arrives
Inform medical personnel about patient conditions

If not emergency

Often symptoms are delayed and the person might need medical
All persons, who have received shocks but do not fall into the
categories above, must be taken to the University Health Center
by a co-worker or supervisor.
Medical EVALUATION is a must.

Why Worry About Electricity?
Common Causes of Accidents
How You Can Protect Yourself
Electrical Emergencies
Codes and Regulations