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What is the best description of the target of electrical grounding in the case that as the senior administrator, a new employee at the IT help desk has just started and you’ve been charged with showing him the ropes? The new employee asks you about the target of grounding of electrical systems while discussing general safety measures

A a way to transport excess electrical discharge away from the connected components

From the device receiving the voltage, grounding provides a way to safely transport any excess electrical charges away. This avoids the electrical spike from immediately damaging the connected device.