The need for analyzing electrical hazards in the workplace has been recognized by a small segment of the industry for many years. The petrochemical industry and many government institutions have performed research on this subject for more than 30 years. For the most part however, the electrical industry, at least at the user level, has largely ignored the subject, essentially reacting to catastrophic accidents rather than proactively trying to predict and prevent them. Recent changes in consensus standards, along with a better general understanding of the seriousness of electrical hazards, have resulted in a renewal of interest in the subject. This article will provide an overview of the three principle types of electrical hazard analysis, along with a discussion of the relevant standards and regulations pertaining to the subject.