Step 4: Conduct Regular Safety Training and Assessments

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NFPA 70E defines a qualified person as “one who has skills and knowledge related to the construction and operation of the electrical equipment and systems, and has received safety training to recognize and avoid the hazards involved.” This training requirement means that the employee must have received safety training specific to the hazards of arc flash, arc blast, shock and electrocution.*

Electrical workers are not considered to be qualified by OSHA until they have received this specific training. Further, the employer must verify, through regular supervision or through inspection conducted on at least an annual basis, that each worker is complying with the safety-related work practices required by NFPA 70E. This requirement has been added in the 2012 issue of the standard.

*Schneider Electric instructors are OSHA-authorized Outreach Trainers to ensure your employees are formally trained and aware of arc flash hazards per OSHA and NFPA 70E requirements.