Electrical Safety Training Options

When seeking electrical safety training options, the main alternatives are:

  • Search online for free material from diverse sources (Are they current? Is the author knowledgeable about the subject?). But how much are the hours you spent searching worth at your hourly rate? Wouldn't they have been better utilized in your core activities?
  • Or...utilize electrical safety training materials from a renowned field expert such as Bob LoMastro, former Supervisor of the National Safety Council's Safety Training Institute, with 40 years' expericence. Trustworthy, comprehensive, accurate, updated information.

Bob LoMastro offers you 5 methods of electrical safety training:

  1. Basic Electrical Safety E-learning Course, that you can play in a PC, Mac, Android or iOS device.

    Through this 30 minute course by safety expert Bob LoMastro, employees will learn students will learn how a basic electrical system works, what potential dangers exist and how to avoid them.

    The video clips, quizzing and narrations help take the mystery out of the subject and make compliance to electrical safety rules compelling.

    The electrical safety training course explains:
     
    • Concept of electricity, voltage, current, amperage, electric circuit
    • Shock protection boundary, overhead line minimum clearance
    • Equipment rating, insulation levels
    • Conditions for electrocution or electrical injury
    • Protection against electrical injury

    Cost: $50
    . Click here to buy now. You can download an executable sample here. Click here for a quick preview.
     
  2. Safety Training Materials Collection

    Over 1,600 safety training videosand presentations collectively spanning over 9 Gb of files. Having trained and lectured on safety issues for decades, Bob is now sharing his safety training materials, including PowerPoint presentations and safety training videos, as part of a simple subscription system.
      
    For a single yearly investment, you get access to an amazing collection of training videos and materials utilized by one of the most renonwned experts in the field. Membership also includes access to an exclusive safety training forum where users can exchange practices, opinions and get feedback from Bob about specific issues.

    Cost: $199.95/yr. Click here to subscribe now. Click here for content details.

  3. Electrical Safety Training Demo Kits.
     

    You have the knowledge and a great presentation. Wouldn't it be ideal to have demo kits to show students the electrical safety concepts LIVE? Bob LoMastro now offers you this possibility. Four sets are currently available:
     

    • Water Tank: Run power through the water tank and up to the light bulb for an amazing demo about the conductivity of water (actually the impurities). Learn More.
    • Power-Line: Bring the snap and sizzle to the classroom with a tabletop Power-Line Demo Kit. Bonus: Jacob’s Ladder Kit. Learn More.
    • Lockout & Meter Testing: Classroom size electrical lockout demonstration and testing is dramatic & easy with our new kit. Learn More.
    • Jacob's Ladder: We use the Jacob’s Ladder as a visual (and audio) aid in safety training to discuss topics how current moves, high voltage dangers, arc flash, etc. Learn More.
       
  4. Onsite electrical safety training:
     

    LoMastro and his team of associates excel in making their electrical safety training easy to comprehend and fun to attend. We also provide OSHA and NFPA 70-E training and customized electrical safety training classes.

    Having over 40 years experience in the field, enables us to focus our electrical safety training classes on the on the “purpose” of the standards. We realize that once students understand why a standard was necessary and why it is written the way it was, it’s easier to learn how to recognize hazards and explore the options to control them.

    Click here to contact us to discuss your electrical safety training needs.

  5. Electrical safety Keynote:
     
  6. Bob LoMastro has lectured, trained and delivered keynote speeches in literally hundreds of occassions and diverse audiences.

    The following two are examples of electrical safety keynotes that Bob has delivered:

    "Electrical Myths"

    If you have fond recollections of a science teacher who made a subject come alive and crackle with excitement, then you will surely enjoy this class. Experience the snap and sizzle of electricity dropped right into your lap. Office workers and electricians will learn more about this deadly force we depend on, in a few hours, than they have learned in a lifetime.  Using live demonstrations & actual accident videos, Bob not only cover the pertinent standards but demonstrates why those electrical safety standards are necessary.

    "NFPA 70-E: An Electrical Safety Keynote"

    Bob's electrical safety keynote explores the requirements of OSHA & NFPA 70E in a way only he can provide, identifying the electrical hazards and addressing the proper methods to control them. Focusing on the “why’s” of these electrical regulations through stunning and dramatic demonstrations & videos of electrical faults and fires, your audience will undoubtedly grasp the most important aspects in electrical safety contained in this keynote.

    Click here to contact us to discuss your electrical safety keynote requirements.

Train your Staff in Electrical Safety with the Field Expert: Bob LoMastro

Bob Lomastro has lectured, trained and delivered keynote speeches in literally hundreds of occassions and diverse audiences.

He has been involved in safety training for over 40 years in a wide range of activities:

  • Demolition expert for the US Special Forces
  • Hospital Corpsman for the US Navy
  • Former Supervisor of the National Safety Council's Safety Training Institute
  • Member of the American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Member of the World Safety Organization
  • Master in Safety Management and Engineering
  • Degrees in Nursing, Business and Construction Engineering.

 

Did you know?

OSHA has put together a concise electrical safety checklist:

  • Assume that all overhead wires are energized at lethal voltages. Never assume that a wire is safe to touch even if it is down or appears to be insulated.
  • Never touch a fallen overhead power line. Call the electric utility company to report fallen electrical lines.
  • Stay at least 10 feet (3 meters) away from overhead wires during cleanup and other activities. If working at heights or handling long objects, survey the area before starting work for the presence of overhead wires.
  • If an overhead wire falls across your vehicle while you are driving, stay inside the vehicle and continue to drive away from the line. If the engine stalls, do not leave your vehicle. Warn people not to touch the vehicle or the wire. Call or ask someone to call the local electric utility company and emergency services.
  • Never operate electrical equipment while you are standing in water.
  • Never repair electrical cords or equipment unless qualified and authorized.
  • Have a qualified electrician inspect electrical equipment that has gotten wet before energizing it.
  • If working in damp locations, inspect electric cords and equipment to ensure that they are in good condition and free of defects, and use a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI).
  • Always use caution when working near electricity.

NIOSH explains the dangers of electrical shock:

The severity of injury from electrical shock depends on the amount of electrical current and the length of time the current passes through the body. For example, 1/10 of an ampere (amp) of electricity going through the body for just 2 seconds is enough to cause death.

The amount of internal current a person can withstand and still be able to control the muscles of the arm and hand can be less than 10 milliamperes (milliamps or mA). Currents above 10 mA can paralyze or “freeze” muscles. When this “freezing” happens, a person is no longer able to release a tool, wire, or other object. In fact, the electrified object may be held even more tightly, resulting in longer exposure to the shocking current. For this reason, handheld tools that give a shock can be very dangerous. If you can’t let go of the tool, current continues through your body for a longer time, which can lead to respiratory paralysis (the muscles that control breathing cannot move). You stop breathing for a period of time. People have stopped breathing when shocked with currents from voltages as low as 49 volts.

Usually, it takes about 30 mA of current to cause respiratory paralysis. Currents greater than 75 mA cause ventricular fibrillation (very rapid, ineffective heartbeat). This condition will cause death within a few minutes unless a special device called a defibrillator is used to save the victim. Heart paralysis occurs at 4 amps, which means the heart does not pump at all.

Tissue is burnt with currents greater than 5 amps.2 The table shows what usually happens for a range of currents (lasting one second) at typical household voltages. Longer exposure times increase the danger to the shock victim. For example, a current of 100 mA applied for 3 seconds is as dangerous as a current of 900 mA applied for a fraction of a second (0.03 seconds).

The muscle structure of the person also makes a difference. People with less muscle tissue are typically affected at lower current levels. Even low voltages can be extremely dangerous because the degree of injury depends not only on the amount of current but also on the length of time the body is in contact with the circuit.