November/December 2021 | Vol. 26 No.6
by Brianne Deerwester and Daniel Majano, Electrical Safety Foundation International
Safety is at the forefront of the electrical industry. From codes and Standards to electrical safety devices, the industry does its part in keeping users of electricity safe. But there is still work to be done. Complacency in the workplace and lack of training amount to 5.8 workers being injured or killed in electrical accidents every day.
The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) was established in 1994, and its mission is to reduce the number of workplace and residential electrical injuries happening yearly down to zero. As a small organization, ESFI is agile enough to quickly shift focus to emerging safety issues while also having a far-reaching impact, including over 2.11 million web impressions in 2020. A Board of Directors made up of leaders in the electrical industry dedicated to electrical safety supports ESFI.
In Daniel’s role as Program Manager, he develops and manages programs dedicated to advancing electrical safety in both workplace and residential settings. Daniel has led the ESFI effort to compile electrical safety data to guide ESFI awareness materials.
As Communications Coordinator, Brianne handles all traditional and social media, helping to promote ESFI’s programs and initiatives. Brianne partners with like-minded organizations to spread the importance of electrical safety to consumers, communities, businesses, and the media.
ESFI bases its programs on data and statistics. Every year, ESFI compiles workplace and residential electrical safety data to understand the current safety trends. Core programs at ESFI include National Electrical Safety Month in May, Disaster Safety, Fire Prevention, Holiday Safety, and Workplace Safety. ei