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The Ten Commandments of Electrical Safety

(Published in EDN Magazine June 5, 1973)

Although these rules submitted by Hospital Safety Testing Labs, lnc., Stoughton, MA, are aimed at hospital labs, most could just as well apply in any electronics lab. They are thus presented for the edification of all. -Ed.

  1. Beware of the lightning that lurketh in an uncharged condenser lest it cause thee to bounce upon thy buttocks in a most embarrassing manner.
  2. Cause thou the switch that supplieth large quantities of juice to be opened and thusly tagged, that thy days may be long in this earthly vale of tears.
  3. Prove to thyself that all circuits that radiateth, and upon which thee worketh, are grounded and thusly tagged, lest they lift thee to a radio frequency potential and causeth thee to make like a Radiator too.
  4. Tarry thou not amongst these fools that engage in intentional shocks for they are not long for this world and are surely unbelievers.
  5. Take care that thou useth the proper method when thou takest the measures of high-voltage circuits too, that thou dost not incinerate both thee and thy test meter, for verily, though thou has no company property number and can be easily surveyed, the test meter has one and, as a consequence, bringeth much woe unto a purchasing agent.
  6. Take care that thou tamperest not with interlocks and safety devices, for this incurreth the wrath of the chief electrician and bringeth the fury of the engineers on his head.
  7. Work thou not on energized equipment for if thou doest so, thy friends will surely be buying beers for thy widow and consoling her in certain ways not generally acceptable to thee.
  8. Verily, verily I say unto thee, never service equipment alone, for electrical cooking is a slow process and thou might sizzle in thy own fat upon a hot circuit for hours on end before thy maker sees fit to end thy misery and drag thee into his fold.
  9. Trifle thee not with radioactive tubes and substances lest thou commence to glow in the dark like a lightning bug, and thy wife be frustrated and have not further use for thee except for thy wages.
  10. Commit thou to memory all the words of the prophets which are written down in thy Bible which is the National Electrical Code, and giveth out with the straight dope and consoleth thee when thou hast suffered a ream job by the chief electrician.

— Author unknown

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