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OSHA's 29 CFR 1910.332 mandates that "Employees shall be trained in and familiar with the safety-related work practices required by 1910.331 through 1910.335 that pertain to their respective job assignments."

Training Requirements for Qualified Electrical Workers

NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace (buzz word: arc flash training)

Art. 110.2 (A) Training Requirements

1. Such employees shall be trained to understand the specific hazards associated with electrical energy.
2. They shall be trained in safety related work practices and procedural requirements, as necessary, to provide protection from electrical hazards associated with their respective job or task assignments.
3. Employees shall be trained to identify and understand the relationship between electrical hazards and possible injury.
4. Retraining shall be performed at intervals not to exceed 3 years.

Analysis: The NFPA 70E is a national consensus standard recognized by OSHA. There are 3 general categories of electrical hazards: Electrical Shock, Arc Flash, and Blast (concussive force). Statistics show 30,000 non-fatal electrical shock accidents occur each year. The National Safety Council estimates that about 1,000 fatalities each year are due to electrocutions.

Arc flash also claims its share of lives and injuries. The National Safety Council estimates 2,000 workers are sent to burn centers each year. These statistics validate the need for training your worker in the safe work practices and selection of the proper PPE necessary for their safety. Most of our electrical workers are aware of the possibility of electrocution and arc flash, but simply don't understand the steps required to properly control all the hazards involved with their job task.


Why Should EDS Be Your Training Provider?

While OSHA does not provide specific language for a recognized hazard, the General Duty Clause can be used. The General Duty Clause is found in Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, and requires that "each employer shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees." This clause is the main link between OSHA and other standards such as NFPA 70, NFPA 70B and NFPA 70E. "Recognized hazards" can be those hazards that are identified by other industry codes and standards. NFPA 70E and other related industry standards have been used to demonstrate whether an employer acted reasonably when there is a possible OSHA enforcement action taken. So although NFPA 70E is not directly part of OSHA standards, it can be used as evidence of whether an employer acted reasonably in complying with OSHA standards and addressing "recognized hazards" based on the consensus community.

We at EDS offer all the required classes that insure your electrical workers have all the information needed to perform their job task safely. EDS instructors have many years of electrical field experience and are extremely knowable of the codes and standards. Take a couple of minutes to read the class offerings below. One could easily see that excluding any of the classes listed below would place your electrical workers at risk.


1. National Electrical Code Update Course

NEC Scope: benchmark for safe electrical design, installation, and inspection to protect people and property from electrical hazards. When is the last time your industrial electrical worker had a NEC code class?


2. NFPA 70E (Arc Flash Training)

A national consensus standard for electrical safety in the workplace. OSHA does recognizes the 70E training based on the consensus community. Scope of the 70E: This standard addresses electrical safety-related work practices for employee workplaces that are necessary for the practical safeguarding of employees relative to the hazards associated with electrical energy during activities such as inspection, operation, maintenance, and demolition of electric conductors, electric equipment, and raceways.


3. Medium / High Voltage Safety Training

OSHA makes a distinction between low voltage qualified personnel (600 volts and below) and high voltage qualified personnel (all voltages above 600 volts).


4. NFPA 70B: Recommend Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance

The Standard explains why an effective Electrical Preventive Maintenance (EPM) Program is essential to protect lives and property, how to plan and develop an EPM, protection for maintenance personnel, and guidance concerning all types of equipment and assembles.


5. Testing Equipment Safety Training

Selecting the proper diagnostic equipment when performing testing on live circuits is critical to personal safety. IEC 61010 is the new standard for low voltage "test, measurement, and control equipment". IEC 61010 provides much improved protection against "overvoltage impulse transients" - voltage spikes.


6. National Electrical Safety Code Training

The Standard explains why an effective Electrical Preventive Maintenance (EPM) Program is essential to protect lives and property, how to plan and develop an EPM, protection for maintenance personnel, and guidance concerning all types of equipment and assembles.


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