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 Post subject: Non-Electrician Electrical Safety / Arc Flash Policy
PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:43 am 

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Does anyone have an arc flash / electrical safety policy for non-electricians? What does it include? What type of positions does it include i.e. mechanical trades, painters, office workers etc.? Any help would be appreciated!

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Sandy Redmond wrote:
Does anyone have an arc flash / electrical safety policy for non-electricians? What does it include? What type of positions does it include i.e. mechanical trades, painters, office workers etc.? Any help would be appreciated!

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Split into two groups. Those who have to operate equipment for lockouts and the like, and those who don't really do anything "electrical". For the latter group, you train for basic avoidance of hazards such as not going near live wires, crossing barriers, etc. For the former group, you also need to include some training on identifying when equipment is operating normally and when they need to seek help from qualified personnel and not attempt to do anything more.


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Your local utility company should have some pamphlets or videos you can use to instruct your employees in electrical workplace safety they may even have a program of electrical safety for workplace safety . The youtube web site also has some very good layman videos to show you the dangers and how to avoid electrical hazards.


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The Electrical Safety Training System (ESTS) for Non-Electrical Workers can help to identify answers to your questions.
A properly documented company's Electrical Safety Program (ESP) will also cover these topics.

The Electrical Safety Training System (ESTS) for Non-Electrical Workers (N-EW) focuses on workplace electrical safety and the methods used to recognize, identify and avoid the electrical hazards of arc flash and shock. The worker’s roles and responsibilities are summarized with respect to energized electrical equipment. Normal and abnormal equipment conditions are described and the human senses indicators of; Look, Listen and Smell are used to identify potential electrical hazards. The application of safe electrical work procedures is covered. The risk of shock related to power tools, power cords and the lack of using GFCIs is also covered. The risk of injury related to Overhead Power Lines is identified.

The training system allows you to identify and understand the risks of shock and arc flash hazards, while providing guidance on preventive and protective control measures when you have to work with or near energized electrical equipment. Emergency response and incident reporting requirements are explained should an event occur. The existence of regulations and industry consensus based Standards help to effectively manage the electrical hazards of arc flash and shock. The training system applies content from the CSA Z462 Workplace electrical safety Standard / NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace to allow you to identify and understand the electrical hazards of shock and arc flash, while providing guidance on preventive and protective control measures when you have to work with or near energized electrical equipment. The resultant safe work practices and procedures will assist in keeping workers safe.


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Todd Lamond wrote:
The Electrical Safety Training System (ESTS) for Non-Electrical Workers can help to identify answers to your questions.


I'm surprised that Terry didn't plug his program.

OSHA requires electrical safety training for both qualified and unqualified personnel. It talks about avoiding the hazards but the approach is different with the two groups. OSHA in 1910.3xx essentially adopted an early version of 70E. Mostly unqualified training is just basic common sense. Things like avoiding obvious energized wires..assuming that exposed wires could be energized and treating them as such..the importance of handling plugs with dry hands, avoiding electrical work sites unless trained, etc. Basic information that you can find almost anywhere. When it comes to LOTO you often need to extend this to include LTT (lock/tag/try) and explaining how and when you don't just "reset the breaker" and seek help before using breakers/disconnects if there is something obviously electrically wrong, and using safety disconnects under load only in an emergency.


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Sandy,
If you’re like me I try to find as much information as possible. Write out the draft policy the best you can. I am not sure anyone has or will give their policy to you. But that would be a great help. I would like to see a good one myself. Paul has a good point that Terry or another trainer can help with understanding. I am certainly no authority and have a lot of questions myself with the same issue. You may also want to follow my posting to see if this helps. PaulEngr has posted a lot about non-electrical workers in other post that you may search and see the comments. Things like what you allow your non-qualified workers to de-energize and not de-energize in your arc flash policy. Also, training of specific task and hazard control/avoidance and being sure your people are certified in the equipment use.

You could certainly overkill a policy and get everyone fired or so upset no one wants to cooperate and your policy is useless. For me the policy has to be short and good common sense and not to jump to putting everyone is arc flash PPE just because it’s the easy way. If your place is well maintained and has knowledgable electrical people you policy should be pretty stright forward. Hope that makes sense.
Your bible is basically the NFPA 2012 Handbook. Still I believe your policy is based on your specific facility and authorities’ consensus. FYI, I recently made LOTO placards specifically for machine/equipment specific LOTO points with a picture of the Lockout point and procedures for the operator to follow with each individual machine. Prior to this project a risk assessment was completed at the LOTO point to determine the risk and basically if it was safe for an operator to turn off.


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 Post subject: Re: Non-Electrician Electrical Safety / Arc Flash Policy
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There are many websites from where everyone can get that how can they establish safety for electricity.

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