6 December 2006
Including change 1, 7 December 2006
PURPOSE. This Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) has been issued to provide
safety requirements for electrical workers. The requirements address various aspects
associated with work safety for electrical workers. Wherever specific instructions are
provided, the emphasis is on the job safety requirements; additional work instructions
will likely be necessary related to the actual work being performed.
SCOPE. This UFC provides safety requirements and guidance for electrical
workers (high or low voltage) and any other trade working on or near electrical
components rated at 50 volts or above.
Voltage Classification. For the purposes of this UFC, low voltage is defined
as 600 volts or less. Voltages higher than 600 volts are referred to as high voltage.
Refer to Glossary for definitions.
Need. Electrical personnel involved in operating and maintaining electrical
facilities can be injured and equipment can be damaged whenever electrical systems
and components are not handled safely. The adoption and enforcement of safe
electrical practices will reduce the hazards to personnel.
Familiarity and Requirements. Each worker must understand and apply
those safety requirements of this UFC that apply to the work performed. A copy of
these safety manuals must be readily available to each worker for reference and study.
Mishap Prevention. Mishap prevention is a basic responsibility of every
worker. Personal safety, fellow workers' safety, and the general public's safety depend
upon compliance with this manual's requirements. Safety takes precedence over work
Mishap Causes. Most mishaps are caused by careless or thoughtless acts
by workers. Workers must always be cautious and deliberate in their actions, and
always notify coworkers before energizing or deenergizing a circuit. Unsafe equipment,
tools, and conditions must be reported immediately and corrected. Good housekeeping
is also important for safety.
Unclear Conditions. If this UFC does not cover a specific working condition
or job requirements are unclear, workers must obtain clear instructions from an
authorized individual-in-charge before proceeding with the work.
Applicability. This UFC applies to workers involved in any aspect of
electrical work. This UFC covers the authorized individual-in-charge, crew members,
and qualified and unqualified electrical workers. The authorized individual-in-charge
might be a supervisor, a foreman, or a lead electrician depending upon local policy.