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Electrical Audit Tool

This research project tests the efficacy of using an hourly electrical worker to conduct electrical safety inspections using an audit tool running on a handheld computer. The content of the audit is based on OSHA electrical standards. Results of audits are distributed twice a week to subcontractors, who then return signed forms indicating whether they have corrected problems.

The project is being pilot tested on a construction site in Parkersburg and will be finished with its field test by June 2009. Analysis will measure percentage of noted hazards corrected and mean time to correct hazards over time. The working hypothesis for this program is that existing systems and safety cultures on site will improve over time, leading to improved performance in controlling electrical hazards.