Session 13: How Do You Know Who Is Qualified and Who Isn’t When It Comes to Electrical Safety?
Date & Time
Thursday, October 5, 2023, 9:50 AM - 10:50 AM

Electricity is a powerful force that can cause serious injury and death.  NFPA® 70E® (“Electrical Safety in the Workplace”) defines a qualified person as one who has skills and knowledge related to the construction, operation and installation of electrical equipment, and who has received safety training on the hazards involved. So, how do you know that your workers are qualified, and who requires training?  Employers need to evaluate the workplace for known hazards; this has long been an OSHA requirement.  In general, most companies are familiar with possible shock hazards, and are aware that OSHA requires their qualified workers to be properly trained to work on or near exposed energized electrical circuits or parts.  Many, however, are unaware that it is also an OSHA requirement to train unqualified electrical personnel on how to recognize and avoid electrical hazards.  Unqualified electrical workers may include:  maintenance personnel, painters, cleanup crews, laborers, mechanics, etc., who are not expected to work on exposed energized circuits or parts, but they must still receive sufficient training to ensure their safety and the safety of others in the workplace. This session will examine electrical safety training practices, worker assessments, and requirements of training.