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Despite the development and improvement of electrical safety over the past 100 years, electrical shock still claims many lives.



In fact, electrocution (fatal electric shock) is a leading cause of death at R&D facilities.


Surprisingly enough, the most likely victim of an electrical accident has a lot of experience with electrical equipment and is very familiar with the specific equipment being used.

The Videos recounting Randy's Ordeal speak for themselves.


In addition, unlike may other industrial accidents, electrical accidents often happen to professional and supervisory staff.


Electrical energy (electricity) is uniquely dangerous for the following reasons:



The use of electrical energy is widespread.
We are surrounded by electrical energy.


Survival of a mild shock is dangerously misleading.


Electricity is invisible.
Although we may be experienced at recognizing normal sources
of electricity, it may appear in unexpected locations or
at unexpected times.


The course purpose is to help answer:


Why do these electrical accidents occur?


What does electric shock do to the human body?


What can we do to prevent electric shock accidents?


This course is applicable to R&D personnel whose job assignment requires them to work close enough to the following for a hazard to exist:


exposed electrical or electronic circuits operating at 50 Volts or more


greater than 10 Joules of stored energy that could be delivered instantaneously or nearly instantaneously.



[GREEN-BALL] The entire Electrical Safety Course is made up of ten topical modules, plus an introduction.
  • Introduction
  • Integrated Safety Management System (ISMS)
  • Basic Electrical Safety Principles
  • Lockout/Tagout
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Components
  • Water
  • Electrical Distribution Equipment
  • Stored Energy
  • Trouble Shooting
  • Electrical Accident Response
[GREEN-BALL] Any Topic Module can be accessed from the Table of Contents page or from the Course Directory pop-down menu in the navigation bar at the top and bottom of each Topic Module page.

[GREEN-BALL] Topic Module sections can be "jumped" to by selecting them from the Current Course Module Topics pop-down menu in the navigation bar at the top and bottom of each module page.

[GREEN-BALL] You may browse the course content without registering to take the course and/or without signing in. You may even access the quiz pages. However, to Submit a quiz for scoring, you will be required to register (if you haven't done so already) or sign in.
[GREEN-BALL] At the end of each Topic Module is a quiz. You need to score 100% on each Topic Module's quiz in order to complete the course.
  • Quizzes will be graded upon submittal. Wait for the response page to load and tell you what your score is.
  • If you do not "pass" the quiz, you may take it over again as many times as necessary for you to "pass" it.
  • The course data base will keep track of your progress.
  • You do not need to take the entire course in one sitting.

[GREEN-BALL] ProgressReport You can check your progress through the course by clicking on "Check Your Progress" in the pop-down Course Directory menu found at the top and bottom of each course page or clicking on this graphic icon. You will notice that the Progress Status page is also our Table of Contents page.

Modules that you have completed will have a white check mark next to them.

[GREEN-BALL] Once you have successfully completed all the Topic Module Quizzes, you will be required to fill out and submit an on-line course evaluation to complete the course.

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[GREEN-BALL] You are encouraged to review the illuminating case histories and videos included in the course content.

[Video] Some of the video out-takes are from the DuPont and are actual occurrences and not reenactments. Each case depicts one or more of the principles of electrical safety. While these are not typical industrial accidents, they show how hazardous electricity can be to the human body.

[GREEN-BALL] Use this course as your electrical safety reference.
A listing of important reference resources has been included in the site content.

[GREEN-BALL] At the bottom of each module is an email form for questions or comments regarding course content.


[CRITICAL] Critical course content likely to be included on the quiz. [CASE-HISTORY] Case histories from real-life situations.
[Video] Videos of real life electrical accidents
awareness information.
[PROGRS_REPORT] Check your progress through the course.
[WORK_SAFELY] Safe Work Proceedures [WRNG-ANS] Wrong Answer.
[ElecSftyBook] Electrical Safety
Committee Bulletins
Alerts and Recalls
[HELP] Where to go for Help.
[ELEC-PEN] Register for Course
Register to take the Quiz.

To start the course, select a topic module from the pop down Course Contents directory just below.


Last Update: Jan 12, 1999