Occupational Safety Topics

Electrical Safety

Electricity has long been recognized as a serious workplace hazard. In addition to posing a direct risk of fatality and serious injury, it can serve as trigger for a chain reaction of events leading to more injuries and deaths. Thus, everyone who works on and around electrical equipments must know what the dangers and what steps can be taken to make sure that all are protected from these dangers.

Almost all of us use hand tools either at work or at home. Tools are such a common part of our lives that it is difficult to remember that they may also pose hazards. It is estimated that about 8% of industrial accidents involve the unsafe use of hand tools. These accidents result from using the wrong tool for the job or using the right tool incorrectly, failing to wear appropriate personal protective equipment, or failing to follow approved safety guidelines.

Safety is not a common concern for a typical office worker because the office is not perceived as a hazardous working environment. However, recent changes in office technology and automation of office equipments introduced many hazards that cause thousands of injuries and health problems each year among office workers.