California Electrical Safety laws & safety compliance analysis

California Electrical Safety: What you need to know

California has adopted the federal electrical safety standards and added numerous requirements that are stricter than the federal rules, including safe work practices and first-aid provisions. The regulations apply to all electrical installations and electrical equipment operating or intended to operate and to all work performed on or near electrical installations, equipment, or systems in all places of employment in California. The state has developed separate rules for low voltage (600 volts or less) electrical safety and for high voltage (more than 600 volts) electrical safety.

There are additional state rules for first aid at construction sites. See the state First Aid (Construction) analysis for more information.

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The California Department of Industrial Relations/Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) administers and enforces workplace safety and health rules for all private and public sector (except federal government operations) workplaces in the state.

Applicability

Applicability of rules. California's Low Voltage (8 CCR 2299 to 2599) and High Voltage Electrical Safety Orders (8 CCR 2700 to 2974) provide minimum safety requirements against electrical hazards or accidents that may result from the operation, installation, removal, use, and maintenance of electrical equipment and tools.

The Low Voltage Safety Orders apply to all electrical installations and equipment that will or may operate at 600 volts nominal or less, and to all work performed directly on or near such installations, equipment, or systems.

The High Voltage Safety Orders apply to all electrical installations and electrical equipment that will or may operate at more than 600 volts between ...


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