Why Have The Qualified Worker Series?
Awareness… NFPA and OSHA requirements mandate that workers be qualified. Workers should never be subjected to tasks for which they are not familiar. These tasks may contain hazards the worker is unaware of.
What Does The Qualified Worker Do For Me?
Protects the worker … The qualified worker series helps the employer meet training requirements mandated by OSHA and NFPA standards. This series assures both employee and the employer that proper attention and training have been given to the employee concerning potential electrical shock, fire and arc flash hazards. See “Qualified Worker” Ebook at http://www.integforce.com/index.html#ebooks for details of requirements.
What Is The Qualified Worker Series Program? The purpose of this program is to help workers avoid shock, fire and arc flash hazards and to meet the requirements (based on definitions and interpretations given in the NFPA and OSHA standards) of a qualified person.
A qualified person is defined as one who has skills and knowledge related to the construction and operation of electrical equipment installation and has training on the hazards involved in NFPA 70 E A and on articles 100, 110.6(D), OSHA 1910. Subpart S.
Qualified individuals should be familiar with the proper use of special precautionary techniques, personal protective equipment, arc flash, insulating and shielding materials, insulated tools and test equipment. A person can be considered qualified with respect to certain equipment methods, but still be unqualified for others.
A qualified person can be an employee who is undergoing on-the-job training (under a Qualified Person) and who, in the course of such training, has demonstrated the ability to perform duties safely at his or her level of training. The duties under the direction and supervision of a qualified person shall be considered to be a qualified person for performance of those duties.
A qualified person is permitted into a limited approach boundary of exposed live parts operating in 50 Volts or more, and shall, at the minimum, be additionally trained in all of the following:
1. The skills and techniques necessary to distinguish exposed energized parts from other parts of electrical equipment
2. The skills and techniques necessary to determine a nominal voltage of exposed live parts
3. The approach distance as specified in table 130.2 (C) and the corresponding voltages to which the qualified person would be exposed
4. The decision-making process necessary to determine the degree and extent of the hazard and the personal protective equipment (PPE) and job planning necessary to perform the task safely
Unqualified persons shall be trained in and be familiar with any of the electrical safety related practices that might not be addressed specifically by chapter 1 of NFPA 70 E but are germane to the workers work task.
Just by the nature of their job, some workers have association with electricity.
Examples of workers who are considered unqualified electrical workers, but must have training associated with their electrical job task are as follows:
4. Mill Rights
7. Mechanical Engineers
8. Chemical Engineers
9. Industrial Engineers
The series is written primarily for those involved directly with electrical installations, construction and maintenance of electrical equipment and conductors. Exposure to these courses alerts the worker to typical potential electrical hazards. It also trains the worker to recognize potential electrical hazards.
The qualified workers series is based on the following standards
1. NFPA 70 – National Code Electrical
2. NFPA 70 E – Electrical Safety In The Workplace
3. NFPA 70 B- Preventive and Predictive Maintenance Standard
4. NFPA 79 – Industrial Machines
5. IEEE Green book - Grounding , Bonding and Shielding of Power Systems
6. IEEE Emerald book - Grounding , Bonding and Shielding of Sensitive Electronic Equipment
7. IEEE 1584
8. OSHA 1910 below 600 Volts
9. OSHA 1910, above 600 Volts
10. Basic Electrical Theory As Applied To Codes and Standards
What Happens When All Courses Are Completed?
When a participant completes each course, a test is given and a certificate is received if the course is passed.
When all courses have been completed a proctored exam is given, which covers all eight courses. Once the exam has been successfully passed the participant is given a “qualified worker series” certificate of completion.
What Does This Series Cover?
The following is a list of courses designed for the qualified worker series certificate.
1. Understanding Basic Electricity For Electrical Safety
Part 1 - This course prepares the student to understand basic theorems as applied to codes and standards. Participants will be trained in the four secrets of electricity and how three phase and a single phase systems operate. This course covers AC/DC theory as applied in real world situations to codes and standards. This course provides the basic understanding of circuitry, motors, and transformers theory as applied to codes and standards applications is also given.
Part 2 - This course prepares the student from a practical standpoint to understand how power laws, overcurrent protection, and wiring methods apply to codes and standards. This course will give the participant a greater understanding of how theory is applied to codes and standards. The participant will learn the theoretical intent and purpose of code making bodies and how codes and standards are applied in real world situations.
2. OSHA Electrical Requirements - CFR 1910 Subpart S., less than 600 Volts
The participant will be exposed to the basic tenets of the OSHA electrical requirements. A checklist will be given, similar to those used by OSHA compliance officers. Details of how to recognize and handle below 600 V electrical hazards are explained and applied to real world applications. Case studies with proven applications to electrical hazards are explained. Details include OSHA requirements for wiring methods, grounding, overcurrent protection, identification requirements and hazardous locations.
3. OSHA Electrical Requirements – CFR 1910.269 above 600 Volts
In this course, the participant is given detailed information on how to handle above 600 Volts of electrical hazards. It includes theory, grounding, overcurrent protection, particular wiring methods and PPE to protect the worker. This course also covers particular case studies and wiring methods that have proven to protect electrical workers. It also reveals and helps the worker to recognize potential electrical hazards.
4. Guide To Electrical Safety Work Practices NFPA 70 E
This course covers safe maintenance practices, safe installations, and safe working conditions. The worker is trained in all the principles of electrical safety. Also covered in this course are arc-flash, proper procedures, PPE, approached distances, shock boundaries, and responsibilities of the electrical worker. This course will make the worker, aware of potential electrical safety hazards and how they should be handled. What and how to use PPE, tools and company procedures. Adherence to company protocol and a productive safety culture is emphasized. Participant will also learn how to properly energize and deenergize electrical equipment and know its related uses, such as pneumatic and mechanical applications. This participant will learn the worker's value as a part of the electrical task force or on site AHJ.
5. Guide To The National Electrical Code For Field Use NFPA 70
This course trains the participant how to look up issues in the National Electrical Code quickly. After successful completion of the course, participant will be able to determine working space, dedicated space and access issues. Specific rules and definitions are explained concerning how to properly apply services, feeders and branch circuits to real world applications. Basic identification requirements of grounding, panel board, switchgear, motor, motor control, transformers and circuitry are explored in this course. Proper connections and terminations along with hazardous locations and specialty applications are also covered in this course. Knowledge of the basic principles of overcurrent protection, grounding, bonding, and shielding and is given. Participants should fully know how to use the National Electrical Code for any application as applied to electrical hazards and operation when finished with this course.
This course provides the qualified electrical worker with information to properly use maintenance techniques and requirements that avoid potential electrical hazards. It specifically provides techniques to prevent shock and fire hazards associated with the electrical equipment maintenance. Participants will have a greater knowledge of how to prevent hazards such as burn and shock. It also teaches participants to recognize potential electrical hazards. This course covers maintenance requirements for substations, control systems, power, cable and premise wiring systems. It provides proven test methods and troubleshooting techniques. The objectives of this course will enable the participant to understand how proper predictive and preventive maintenance techniques can provide greater production and safety to the worker and company.
7. Grounding Bonding Shielding
This course covers the basic principles of grounding, bonding, shielding and their use in protecting the electrical worker and others associated with the operation, installation, and construction of equipment. This course covers details of grounding, bonding, and shielding requirements for application sizing and protection. It defines the different types of grounding and how it is applied to real world applications. It deals with objective currents and how to handle them in relation to sensitive electronic equipment.
8. Industrial Machines NFPA 79
This course has proven to be a valuable tool for those who work with industrial machines and control panels. It answers several questions for maintenance and construction personnel.
Issues such as identification and control panel requirements for conductors, overcurrent protection, grounding, bonding, shielding, disconnects, interlocks and differential system voltages are covered in this course. Each course relates to an electrical safety hazard applied to warn the electrical worker that a potential electrical hazard exists. This course makes the worker aware of deficiencies that should be corrected immediately.