Qualified electrical worker training is required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and NFPA70E for any person working on or near energized equipment greater than 50 volts. Employing qualified personnel can help reduce your company’s liability, lost time injuries, death and costly OSHA citations. Our Qualified electrical worker training students will be trained, tested, documented and certified in all the requirements necessary to be deemed qualified by the employer.
Electrical Safety Specialists will send a trainer to conduct on-site training for qualified electrical worker training personnel on OSHA, NFPA70E, IEEE 1584, and the NFPA70 combined with individualized hands on exercises in proficiency of skills and a written exam. Qualified electrical worker training students will receive a personal file containing certificates, training summary, along with written and photo documentation of proficiency for employer’s permanent records as required by OSHA.
ESS’s qualified electrical worker training course includes the following:
· Introduction to NFPA 70E
· Standards and intent
· Changes for 2018
· National Electrical Code article 110.16
· Positive Electrical Safety Culture
· General requirements for Electrical Safety-Related Work Practices
· Maintenance and training requirements
· Host and contract employer responsibilities
· Electrical Safety Program (ESP)
· Job Briefing
· Shock Hazards
· Insulated Tools and Equipment
· Meter safety
· Arc Flash/Blast Hazards
· Electrically Safe Work Condition
· Examples of ESWC and working within Limited Approach Boundary
· Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Requirements
· Understanding and interpretation of Arc Flash and Shock Hazard labeling requirements
· Hazard Risk Assessment
· Proper Voltage testing procedures
· Field testing and fitting of voltage rated gloves
· Performing LOTO exercises
· Proper use of NFPA 70E PPE tables and shock boundaries
· Emergency procedures and Release of victim’s hands on exercise
· Showing proficiency during mock OSHA Inspection
· Skills demonstration hands on exam
The adequacy of employee Electrical Safety Training may also become an issue in contested cases where the affirmative defense of unpreventable employee misconduct is raised. Under case law well-established in the commission and the courts, an employer may successfully defend against an otherwise valid citation by demonstrating that all feasible steps were taken to avoid the occurrence of the hazard.
Training in the proper performance of a job is time and money well spent. The employer should regard it as an investment rather than an expense.
With proper training and PPE these arc flash injuries may have been avoided. https://www.osha.gov/news/newsreleases/region9/06062019