Electrical Safety Training System Non-Electrical Workers – Standard (2020)

This online course provides the knowledge needed to recognize and avoid electrical hazards to keep yourself and others safe.


This course is designed specifically for non-electrical workers who typically use, apply and/or operate electrical equipment in the workplace or work in close proximity to overhead power lines. It will inform you about the associated hazards and risks and explain how to protect yourself from being potentially exposed to electrical shock and arc flash hazards.

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe how electricity is produced and distributed
  • Identify shock and arc flash electrical hazards
  • Understand normal and abnormal conditions of energized electrical equipment
  • Summarize your roles and responsibilities
  • Apply safe electrical work practices
  • Explain emergency response procedures for electrical incidents

This course provides awareness training that is not specific to any region or country, therefore, it is important to familiarize yourself with and follow your employer’s specific policies and practices.

This course was developed by a leading electrical safety subject matter expert with over 22 years of experience as an electrical engineer. In addition to having vast experience as an independent electrical safety consultant, the developer was the first Vice-Chair of the CSA Z462 Workplace Electrical Safety Technical Committee and is currently a CSA Z462 voting member and leader of working group 8 annexes.


  1. Course Introduction
    • Overview
    • Objectives
  2. Introduction to electricity
    • What is electricity?
    • Ohm’s law
    • Where does electricity come from?
  3. Standards and regulations
    • Health and safety regulations
    • Plan-Do-Check-Act
    • Consensus-based standards
  4. Roles and responsibilities
    • Normal condition
    • Abnormal conditions
    • Normal or abnormal?
    • Look, listen, and smell
  5. Understanding the risks
    • What are the risks?
    • Effect of shock and arc flash
  6. Taking precautions
    • Approach boundaries – shock & arc flash
    • Overhead power lines and buried cables
    • Step and touch potential
    • Environmental conditions
    • Personal Protective Equipment
  7. Reporting incidents and emergency response
    • Emergency response
    • Reporting the incident
  8. Conclusion and final exam
    • Final note
    • Final exam


Approximately 90 minutes


Knowledge checks conducted throughout this Electrical Safety Training System for Non-Electrical Workers course are designed to reinforce the information presented. A final mark of 80% must be achieved on the final exam to receive a certificate of completion. You are permitted two attempts to pass the final exam. If your attempt(s) fails, you can review the course content using the MENU navigation feature and reattempt the final exam in its entirety.


Upon completion of this online course, a certificate of completion will be available to download and print.



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