Course Description

On average, three workers die weekly from exposure to electricity and almost half of the workers injured by electricity are away from work for more than two weeks. Reducing accidental exposure to electricity can increase job safety and decrease lost production time. Workers can protect themselves by understanding sources of electric shock, recognizing potential hazards and knowing how to mitigate or avoid electrical hazards. Lockout/Tagout is used to prevent injuries during service or maintenance of equipment from all sources of energy, including electricity. Upon course completion, you will have a better understanding and the working knowledge necessary to recognize electrical hazards.

Course Outline

  1. Electricity basics.
  2. Identify the impact of electrical injury.
  3. Know the OSHA rules, regulations and other industry standards relating to electricity.
  4. Recognize potential electrical hazards.
  5. Tools to inspect work areas for potential electrical hazards.
  6. Techniques to control potential electrical hazards in your work areas.
  7. Lockout/Tagout basics.
  8. Know the OSHA rules, regulations and other industry standards relating to Lockout/Tagout.
  9. Identify the impact of uncontrolled energy.
  10. Identify energy sources.
  11. Devices used for Lockout/Tagout.
  12. Lockout/Tagout procedures.

Learner Outcomes

Knowledge of basic electricity

  • Identify the impact of exposure to electrical hazards.
  • Recognize potential electrical hazards
  • Know the OSHA rules, regulations and other industry standards relating to electricity and Lockout/Tagout.
  • Identify controls to prevent exposure to electrical exposure.
  • Familiarity with the difference between Authorized vs. Affected employees.
  • Identify other sources of energy.
  • Identify devices used for Lockout/Tagout.
  • Knowledge of Lockout/Tagout Procedures.


Harper College is a proud recipient of the OSHA Susan Harwood Training Grant which provides FREE training and education for workers and employers in workplace safety and health hazards.

Government employees are not eligible to participate due to grant regulations (Local/City/Municipality, County, State or Federal). The intended audience includes:

  • Supervisors and Managers
  • Employees and Workers
  • Unemployed Workers who intend to re-enter the workforce
  • New Businesses
  • Limited English Proficiency Workers
  • Low Literacy Workers
  • Young Workers
  • Temporary Workers
  • Minority and other hard-to-reach workers
  • Workers in high-hazard industries with high fatality rates
  • Government Employees who are responsible for occupational safety and health duties at their agencies

Disclaimer: This material was produced under grant number SH-05168-SH9 from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. It does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. government.

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