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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