Electrical Safety at UC Berkeley
The UC Berkeley Electrical Safety 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. 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.
- TRAINING: The EHS 804 Electrical Safety Awareness training is available for employees who are around electrical hazards, who are unqualified electricians.
- Establishing a process for evaluating the hazards of every potentially energized electrical work task and for determining appropriate hazard controls.
- HAZARD EVALUATION: To evaluate laboratory equipment for potential electrical hazards, use the Electrical Safety Laboratory Equipment Hazards and Controls Checklist.
- Establishing a formal process for controlling energized electrical work through an assessment and documented "energized work" or "Energized Work Permit" process.