Canada CSA Electrical Safety

This course is designed to help you achieve a greater understanding of the hazards working with electricity, and keeping yourself and coworkers safe.

Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
Course Length: 2 Hours

What you'll learn

  • Introduction to Electrical Safety
  • Electrical Concepts
  • Electrical Hazards
  • Effects of Electric Current on the Body
  • Controls
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Best Practices

Course Description

This online CSA Z462-18 based electrical safety training course is designed to help you achieve a greater understanding of the hazards involved in working with electricity, as well as ways to keep yourself and coworkers safe. This course will highlight the basics of electricity, the effects electricity has on the body, some of the most common electrical hazards, and ways to reduce or eliminate hazards.

The Canada OHS Electrical Safety course consists of content, graphics, audio, self check (non-scored) questions, and a final exam.

Course Outline

Canada CSA Electrical Safety Course Outline

About This Course

Course Objectives

Introduction to Electrical Safety

  • Key Terms
  • Statistics
  • Regulations
  • Employer Responsibilities
  • Worker Responsibilities

Electrical Concepts

  • Properties of Electricity
  • Units of Measurements
  • Ohm’s Law

Electrical Hazards

  • Exposed Electrical Parts
  • Inadequate Wiring
  • Overhead Power Lines
  • Vehicles and Mechanical Equipment
  • Battery Hazards
  • Improper Grounding
  • Electrostatic Discharge
  • Arc Flashes-Overview
  • Arc Flashes-Precautions
  • Arc Flashes-Incident Response

Effects of Electric Current on the Body

  • Electric Current Properties
  • Types of Injuries
  • Electric Shock Injuries
  • Burn Injuries
  • Falls
  • First Aid Considerations
  • Shock Rescue Kits


  • Administrative Controls
  • Equipment Labelling
  • Approach Boundaries
  • Warning Signs and Barricades
  • Energized Electrical Work Permit
  • Lockout/Tagout Overview
  • Individual Lockout
  • Group Lockout
  • Complex Group Lockout
  • Engineering Controls
  • Temporary Protective Grounding Equipment
  • Insulated Tools and Equipment

Personal Protective Equipment

  • PPE Requirements-Upper Body
  • PPE Requirements-Torso and Lower Body
  • Choosing PPE
  • PPE Standards
  • PPE Care

Best Practices

  • General Safety Practices
  • Electrical Safety Program
  • Electrical Safety Training
  • Equipment Maintenance and Testing


Additional Resources


Frequently Asked Questions

Who must take this training?

Employees who may be exposed to electrical hazards are required to be trained to understand the hazards associated with electrical energy, as well as safe work practices and procedures for their protection, health and safety.

How often is retraining or recertification required?

Retraining is required in at least the following situations:
(1) Where changes at the worksite present a hazard about which an employee has not been previously trained; or
(2) Where changes in the types of electrical equipment, or other equipment present a hazard about which an employee has not been previously trained; or
(3) Where inadequacies in an affected employee’s work involving electricity indicate that the employee has not retained the requisite proficiency.

What are the governing regulations?

The Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations is the federal legislation enabled by the Canada Labour Code. Electrical safety standards are listed under Part 8. The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) is the largest regulatory agency in Canada. The CSA has compiled many OHS-related standards, including the Z462-18 series, which deals specifically with workplace electrical safety. To supplement the overarching regulations created by OHS and the CSA, individual provinces and territories often set their own regulations (in accordance with federal bodies) specific to their needs.

Navigation Strategies

Beginners: Complete the course in order from beginning to end. Once any topic is completed, you will have full access to it at any time for one year after registration, to use as a resource.

Intermediate/Advanced Users: Use the course as a flexible resource tool to find what you need, whenever you need it. Try the assessment tests first, if you get 80%+ you can move to the next level, if you get less than 80% you should complete the lecture. This gives you a pre and post-assessment score, which can be used to track your skills improvements.

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