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Should You Outsource Electrical Work?

02/28/18

Questions to Ask Before You Outsource Electrical Work

Your facility’s electrical infrastructure is complicated, and it seems reasonable to hire outside contractors to help you perform specialized tasks on switchgear, panelboards, PDUs, generators and more.

If you have the experience in-house or go outside, it is important to remember that OSHA and NFPA 70E require facility management to ensure that all workers are “qualified” to work on specific electrical equipment.

According to the 2015 edition of NFPA 70 a “qualified person” is “one who has demonstrated skills and knowledge related to the construction and operation of electrical equipment and installations and has received safety training to identify and avoid the hazards involved.”

Since it is the facility manager’s responsibility for safety, Schneider Electric has provided some topics to cover when you are contracting service providers:

  • Ask specific questions relative to Field Personnel Competency Training to determine product knowledge.
  • Inquire about their experience level with specific electrical equipment or power systems to be maintained.
  • Find out about their safety training program.
  • Is their personal protective equipment (PPE) meet the requirements of ASTM and NFPA 70E?
  • Review their operational safety record (worker’s comp modifier and Lost Workday Incident Rate).
  • Provide copies of the operations and maintenance manuals of the original electrical equipment to the contracted service provider
  • Be clear as to which equipment is to be cleaned, inspected, maintained, serviced, and tested, as well the specific order the electrical equipment should be removed from service for maintenance.
  • Provide a job-specific safety plan for each project

Read the full Schneider Electric article.