Electrical Safety in Research
The College of Engineering cannot function without electricity. It is a necessity for education, research, and administrative work. It is essential that work done with building electrical systems and high powered capacitors is done safely.
While University electricians manage most building electrical projects, many researchers will be designing and working with power supplies, cables, capacitors, and electrical equipment. Under normal conditions, safety features (engineering controls) built into electrical equipment protect workers from shock. Shock is the flow of electrical current through any portion of the worker’s body from an external source. Accidents can occur in which contact with electricity results in serious injury or death.
Many commonly asked electrical safety questions can be answered by reviewing the College of Engineering’s Electrical Hazard FAQ. Requests to add or update electrical service to your room or lab should go through your Departmental Administrator, Building Manager or CoE Facilities Coordinator.
Attention: Actual shock hazard warnings may or may not be applied on all equipment enclosure panels. Note that if a panel requires a TOOL or KEY to access, labeling is not required by product safety codes. Do not open panels with a tool or key unless you know there is no electrical hazard. Consult with a qualified and knowledgeable individual for a proper determination. Typical labeling to watch for includes: