Electrical Safety Program

More than 3,600 disabling electrical contact injuries occur in the workplace and more than 2,000 workers are sent to burn centers with electric burns every year in the U.S.  Every day one person dies from electrical incidents.

This program provides information about electrical hazards, guides University safe-work policy, electrical safety procedures, equipment design, development and installation for all electrical work, equipment and systems at UC Berkeley (UCB). All faculty, staff, students, visitors and contractors must comply with the requirements of this program as it ensures their safety by:

  • Defining safe work practices and use requirements for all people who work with electrically energized equipment as part of their normal job / research duties.
  • Establishing training requirements for "qualifying" and "authorizing" persons who work on or near energized electrical circuits and components, and establishing "qualification" requirements for UCB-hired electrical contractors.
  • Establishing a process for evaluating the hazards of every potentially energized electrical work task and for determining appropriate hazard controls.
  • Establishing a formal process for controlling energized electrical work through an assessment and documented "energized work" or "Hot Work Permit" approval process.
  • Chartering a "Campus Electrical Safety Committee" to oversee and guide electrically safe equipment procurement, work practices and procedures at UCB.

The UC Berkeley Electrical Safety Program must be applied to every individual piece of equipment, research/experimental apparatus or facility that has electrical energy as a source of power and/or utility distribution in compliance with Cal/OSHA code, California Electrical Code, California Building/Construction Code and NFPA Life Safety Code.

For basic information about Electricity and Electrical Safety, please review the Frequently Asked Questions / Fact Sheet to become familiar with electrical hazards and controls.

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