Who Does NFPA 70E Training Apply To?
Based in the Kansas City area, ESS offers NFPA 70E training nationwide. OSHA 1910 Subpart S mandates that any employee who might come into contact with an electrical hazard must receive electrical safety training. Though OSHA does not specifically call for NFPA 70E training, it is considered the industry standard for worker safety and compliance.
Qualified and Unqualified Persons
NFPA 70E training should include not only “qualified persons” who work directly with electrical equipment, but also “unqualified persons,” such as janitorial or maintenance staff who work near a hazard. Outside contractors and others who may visit the facility should also be considered. NFPA 70E Article 110.2(A) states:
“The training requirements contained in this section shall apply to employees exposed to an electrical hazard when the risk associated with that hazard is not reduced to a safe level by the applicable electrical installation requirements.”
Eliminating or neutralizing a hazard by de-energizing, disconnecting, grounding, locking out, or other means should be the top priority for the employer. If that is not possible, however, employees must be trained to work safely around the hazard. Article 110.2(B) states:
“The training required by this section shall be classroom, on-the-job, or a combination of the two. The type and extent of the training provided shall be determined by the risk to the employee.”
NFPA 70E Training from ESS
NFPA 70E Training from ESS covers the complex regulations and standards and the latest in OSHA’s enforcement direction of arc flash training, offered in 4 and 8 hour classes. Topics include positive electrical safety culture, safe work practices, emergency response, shock hazards, PPE requirements, hazardous electrical energy control procedures, and labelling requirements, among others.
ESS will provide all the documentation required when training is completed. Article 110.2(E) states:
“The employer shall document that each employee has received the training required by 110.2(D). This documentation shall be made when the employee demonstrates proficiency in the work practices involved and shall be maintained for the duration of the employee’s employment. The documentation shall contain the content of the training, each employee’s name, and dates of training.”
Employees must be retrained in safe work practices and in any changes to the NFPA 70E standard at least once every three years. Training is also required when new equipment is added, after a change in job duties, or after failed inspections.
NFPA 70E training from ESS protects employees from injury and builds a culture of safety within the company. Contact ESS today to get more information and learn how your employees can learn to perform their tasks in a safe and efficient manner.
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