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In the United States, 4,000 nondisabling and 3,600 disabling electrical contact injuries occur in the workplace annually. A total of 2,000 workers are sent to burn centers with electric burns each year. Most of the burn victims become permanently disabled from their injuries. Typically, the victims’ lives are forever restricted due to sensitivity to cold weather, mobility, or other physical barriers. Every day one person dies from an electrical incident.

This website contains information for all electrical work at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). All employees of Berkeley Lab, participating guests, students, and all subcontractors working at LBNL must comply with the requirements in the ES&H Manual – Electrical Safety.

The objectives of the Electrical Safety Program are as follows:

  1. Prevent electrical-related injuries
  2. Implement proactive controls across the spectrum of expected hazards
  3. Educate the lab population about electrical hazards
  4. Promote a vibrant electrical safety culture
  5. Demonstrate compliance to established standards

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