Electrical Safety Review Compliance Assistance Region IV
What is Electricity? Electricity is the movement of electrons. Fundamental quantities include: Volts Current Resistance
Common Hazards SShocks. BBurns. EExplosions. FFires.
Electricity and the Human Body ~1ma:Sensation on hands. >3ma:Painful shock which can cause indirect accidents. >10ma:Muscle contraction, “no-let-go” danger. >30ma:Lung paralysis >50ma:Possible ventricular fibrillation. 100ma - 4A: Certain ventricular fibrillation
Fatality An employee received a fatal electric shock while operating a high pressure water sprayer which was connected to a portable light with a receptacle built into the handle. The portable light was being used as an extension cord, and was not approved for wet or damp locations. The electrical cord had been spliced and the cord had been laying in water at the time of the accident.