Almost all workplaces use electricity and associated portable electrical equipment. This familiarity can breed complacency with regard to safety risks in the workplace. There are a number of important hazards associated with the use of such equipment, and it is important to inspect and maintain the equipment to control the hazards.
The main hazards are:
contact with live parts causing electric shock
burns from contact with electricity
faults which could cause fire, eg from overheating electrical equipment
fire or explosion where electricity could be the source of ignition in a potentially flammable or explosive atmosphere.
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