Common Questions on Electrical Safety/Arc Flash Training

Question: How long does training have to be? Answer: x Qualified person training is not based on time. It is based on covering the necessary information that enables a person to act appropriately based on their exposure to electrical hazards. x 20 21 NFPA 70E … The training required depends upon various factors, such as the tasks to be performed, whether the employee is a manager, supervisor, or worker, whether the employee is an unqualified person, or whether the employee is or needs to be a qualified person (see commentary following the definition of qualified person in Article 100). x Depending upon their job functions and the tasks assigned to them, different groups or levels of employees could be trained in a variety of subjects, including the following: o Utilizing safe work practices o Creating an electrically safe work condition (ESWC) o Selecting, caring for, and using insulating or insulated tools and equipment, including test instruments o Interpreting arc flash hazard equipment labels o Determining if energized electrical work is justified o Determining if an energized electrical work permit is required o Selecting, caring for, and using PPE, including the types of arc ratings o Selecting and using alerting techniques, such as safety signs and tags, barricades, and attendants x Employees who may be exposed to unacceptable risk of injury from the use of electricity in the work environment need to be trained to identify the following: o Situations that may involve unacceptable risk, including recognizing evidence of impending failure o The actual or potential hazards involved with the situation o The degree or level of the actual or potential hazard o How the degree or level of the hazard can determine the seriousness of any potential injury o The means of avoiding or mitigating actual or potential exposure to electrical hazards


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