Electrical Safety: Safety & Health for Electrical Trades (Student Manual)
Student manual on electrical safety with information on recognizing, evaluating and avoiding hazards related to electricity.
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DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2002-123
This document was prepared by Thaddeus W. Fowler, Ed.D., and Karen K.
Miles, Ph.D., Education and Information Division (EID) of the National
Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Editorial services were
provided by John W. Diether. Pauline Elliott provided layout and design.
The authors wish to thank John Palassis and Diana Flaherty (NIOSH), Robert
Nester (formerly of NIOSH), and participating teachers and students for their
contributions to the development of this document.
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) estimates
that 200,000 young workers under the age of 18 suffer work-related injuries
in the United States each year. Young and new workers have a high risk
for work-related injury compared with more experienced workers. Occupational
safety and health training remains a fundamental element of hazard control
in the work-place, and there is great potential to reduce these incidents
through pre-employment training. Effective pre-employment training should
include realistic environments and hands-on exercises. However, NIOSH
recommends that actual employment in the electrical trades or any of
the other construction trades be delayed until individuals reach the
minimum age of 18.
This student manual is part of a safety and health curriculum for secondary and post-secondary electrical trades courses. The manual is designed to engage the learner in recognizing, evaluating, and controlling hazards associated with electrical work. It was developed through extensive research with vocational instructors, and we are grateful for their valuable contributions.
M. Rest, Ph.D., M.P.A.
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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