All industries should be familiar with OSHA — not just the electrical industry. Most maintenance workers are required to have some OSHA training or certification before setting foot in a facility or on a job site. The primary level of training for workers is the OSHA Outreach 10-Hour or 30-Hour Worker Training Program. OSHA training is specific for different industries, and is intended to “provide training for workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of safety and health hazards in workplaces.”

In addition to basic OSHA compliance training, however, it is important that electrical workers who must troubleshoot live electrical systems be familiar with NFPA 70E, which provides regulations concerning safe work practices while working with energized electrical systems. Many times, facilities also have their own safety that workers must follow, such as lock-out/tag-out procedures and personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements. Fundamental safety training is also available online with interactive simulations that not only provide training in proper procedures when working with live systems, but also demonstrate the consequences of not following proper safety procedures.