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Electrical safety is a critical concern for businesses across various industries, as electrical hazards pose significant risks to worker health and safety. To help mitigate these risks, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) have established training requirements for employees working with or near electrical equipment. In this article, we'll explore the specific training mandates set forth by OSHA and NFPA 70E and discuss how Rozel and BCH Safety can help your organization meet these requirements.

OSHA Electrical Safety Training Requirements

OSHA's electrical safety training requirements are outlined in the 29 CFR 1910.331-335 standard, which applies to employees who face a risk of electric shock that is not reduced to a safe level by the electrical installation requirements of 1910.303-308.

According to OSHA, employees must be trained in and familiar with the safety-related work practices, safety procedures, and other safety requirements that pertain to their respective job assignments. The training must be specific to the hazards associated with electrical energy and should cover topics such as:

  1. The skills and techniques necessary to distinguish exposed live parts from other parts of electric equipment
  2. The skills and techniques necessary to determine the nominal voltage of exposed live parts
  3. The clearance distances and corresponding voltages to which the qualified person will be exposed
  4. The proper use of the special precautionary techniques, personal protective equipment, insulating and shielding materials, and insulated tools for working on or near exposed energized parts of electric equipment

OSHA requires that training be performed before an employee is assigned duties that involve work around electrical hazards and that retraining be provided if the employee is not complying with safety-related work practices or if changes in the workplace necessitate additional training.

NFPA 70E Electrical Safety Training Requirements

NFPA 70E, the Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, is a comprehensive guide that establishes best practices for protecting workers from electrical hazards. While NFPA 70E is not a law, it is widely recognized as the industry standard for electrical safety and is often incorporated into OSHA citations.

NFPA 70E requires that employees be trained in the safety-related work practices and procedural requirements necessary to provide protection from the electrical hazards associated with their job or task. The training must be specific to the hazards and work practices covered by NFPA 70E and should include topics such as:

  1. The hazards associated with electrical energy and the potential for injury or death
  2. The safety-related work practices, procedures, and requirements necessary to provide protection from electrical hazards
  3. The identification and understanding of the relationship between electrical hazards and possible injury
  4. The skills and techniques necessary to assess the nominal voltage of exposed energized electrical conductors and circuit parts
  5. The decision-making process necessary to determine the degree and extent of the hazard and the personal protective equipment and job planning necessary to perform the task safely

NFPA 70E also mandates that retraining be performed at intervals not to exceed three years or when the employee is not complying with safety-related work practices, when new technology or equipment is introduced, or when changes in procedures necessitate the use of safety-related work practices that are different from those the employee would normally use.

How Rozel and BCH Safety Can Help Meet Training Requirements

Meeting the electrical safety training requirements set forth by OSHA and NFPA 70E can be a daunting task for organizations, but Rozel and BCH Safety are here to help.

Both companies offer comprehensive electrical safety training programs designed to meet and exceed OSHA and NFPA 70E requirements. Their expert instructors provide engaging, hands-on training that covers topics such as:

  1. Electrical hazard recognition and risk assessment
  2. Safe work practices and procedures
  3. Proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE)
  4. Lockout/tagout procedures
  5. Emergency response and first aid

In addition to on-site training, Rozel and BCH Safety offer online courses and webinars to accommodate various learning styles and schedules. They also provide train-the-trainer programs to help organizations develop in-house expertise and ensure ongoing compliance with OSHA and NFPA 70E standards.

Investing in Electrical Safety Training for a Safer Workplace

Providing your employees with comprehensive electrical safety training that meets OSHA and NFPA 70E requirements is not only a legal obligation but also a crucial investment in the well-being of your workforce. By partnering with experienced providers like Rozel and BCH Safety, you can ensure that your team has the knowledge and skills necessary to work safely around electrical hazards, reducing the risk of accidents, injuries, and fatalities.

Don't wait until an incident occurs to prioritize electrical safety training. Contact Rozel or BCH Safety today to learn more about their training programs and take the first step towards a safer, more compliant workplace.