Course Description


Electrical current can be very dangerous and even fatal. According to national workplace injury data from OSHA, electrocution is number three of the “Fatal Four” The Most Common Causes of Construction Site Deaths. Injuries in the workplace can be reduced or avoided when employees are regularly trained and more aware of their surroundings. In this class, students are taught to understand the basics of electricity, what the various types of electrical hazards are, how to recognize electrical hazards in their workplace, and OSHA rules and regulations. The class also covers worker rights, workplace safety standards, and laws that are in place to protect employees. Upon completion of the course, students will have the working knowledge necessary to recognize electrical hazards, and how to prevent injuries in the workplace.

Course Outline

  • Discuss the basics of electricity
  • Distinguish various types of hazards in your workplace
  • Understand the OSHA rules, regulations and other industry standards relating to electrical hazards
  • Recognize electrical hazards at your workplace
  • Tools to inspect work areas for potential electrical hazards.
  • Conduct a baseline electrical safety inspection of your workplace
  • Identify actions that can be taken to correct and prevent electrical hazards

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.
  • Identify controls to prevent exposure to electrical exposure.
  • Identify other sources of energy.


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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