Electrical Engineering Library

IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Association http://www.ieee.org/index.html

NECA – National Electrical Contractors Association http://www.necanet.org


How to Control Electrical Hazards Booklet see U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA http://www.osha.gov/Publications/3075.html

This booklet provides a generic overview of a standards-related topic. This publication does not alter or determine compliance responsibilities, which are described in the OSHA standards and the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Because interpretations and enforcement policy may change over time, the best sources for additional guidance on OSHA compliance requirements are current administrative interpretations and decisions by the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission and the courts. This publication is in the public domain and may be reproduced fully or partially without permission.
U.S. Department of Labor, Elaine L. Chao, Secretary
Occupational Safety and Health Administration, John L. Henshaw, Assistant Secretary OSHA 3075 2002 (Revised)

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION TOPICS (OSHA)

Electrical Topics: http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/electrical/index.html
This section highlights OSHA standards, the Regulatory Agenda (a list of actions being taken with regard to OSHA standards), Federal Registers (rules, proposed rules, and notices), directives (instructions for compliance officers), standard interpretations (official letters of interpretation of the standards), and national consensus standards related to electrical hazards.

Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution Industry http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/powergeneration/index.html
This page is a part of OSHA’s commitment to provide employers and workers in the electric power generation, transmission, and distribution industry with information and assistance to help them comply with OSHA standards and ensure a safe workplace.   The included standards, were the most frequently cited by Federal OSHA during October 2008 through September 2009, in Electric Services Industry Group (SIC code 491).

OSHA Assistance for the Electrical Contractors Industry http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/electricalcontractors/index.html
Electrical contractors are responsible for the health and safety of employees who are exposed to a variety of hazards.   This link is maintained as a product of the Alliance between OSHA and the Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc. (IEC).
Electrical hazards are addressed in specific standards for recordkeeping, the general industry, shipyard employment, marine terminals, and the construction industry. Standards: This link highlights OSHA standards, the Regulatory Agenda (a list of actions being taken with regard to OSHA standards), directives (instructions for compliance officers), standard interpretations (official letters of interpretation of the standards), and national consensus standards related to the electrical contractors industry.

OSHA – Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/controlhazardousenergy/index.html

“Lockout/Tagout (LOTO)” refers to specific practices and procedures to safeguard employees from the unexpected energization or startup of machinery and equipment, or the release of hazardous energy during service or maintenance activities.
Approximately 3 million workers service equipment and face the greatest risk of injury if lockout/tagout is not properly implemented. Compliance with the lockout/tagout standard (29 CFR 1910.147) prevents an estimated 120 fatalities and 50,000 injuries each year. Workers injured on the job from exposure to hazardous energy lose an average of 24 workdays for recuperation. In a study conducted by the United Auto Workers (UAW), 20% of the fatalities (83 of 414) that occurred among their members between 1973 and 1995 were attributed to inadequate hazardous energy control procedures specifically, lockout/tagout procedures.  LOTO is addressed in specific standards for the general industry, marine terminals, longshoring, and the construction industry.
Standards:  This link highlights OSHA standards, preambles to final rules (background to final rules), directives (instructions for compliance officers), standard interpretations (official letters of interpretation of the standards), and national consensus standards related to LOTO.

US DOL/OSHA Citations

US-Department-of-Labors-OSHA-cites-The-Home-Depot-for-exposing-workers-to-electrical-hazards
Pandrol USA LP, manufacturer cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
ATW Citation $63,000 proposed penalties.
Cargill Meat Solutions $114,000 Penalties.
St. Cloud Veterans Affairs Health Care System Fabricator Fine
Interstate Electrical Services Contractor Citation
Fontarome Chemical Company Citation
Cives Steel Fabricator Fines