Temporary Protective Grounding for Utilities
This 8-hour course provides a thorough knowledge of the regulations and standards with respect to grounding at utilities. Attendees gain an understanding of OSHA requirements as well as guiding principles from IEEE and ASTM. Electrical workers and safety professionals learn key practical information: best work practices in electrical safety and how to apply them in real-world situations.
What You'll Learn
- OSHA Regulations 1926.961 and 1910.269
- IEEE 1048 and IEEE 1246 Guidance
- ASTM F855
- ASTM F2249
- Electrically Safe Work Condition
- Electrical Shock and Arc Flash Hazards
- Requirements of Grounding Equipment
- Protective Grounds and Grade Ratings
- Determining System Requirements
- Field Testing Requirements
- How to perform calculations to demonstrate protection
- When calculations are not required
Who Should Attend?
- HV electricians
- Line workers
- Utility safety directors
- Meter service workers
Frequently Asked Questions
The answer to this question isn’t as straightforward as it seems. OSHA speaks of an electrical employee being “Qualified” in OSHA 1910.332(a) and 1910.332(b)(3). If you have employees who perform electrical work of any type, these employees need to be qualified, and the qualifying agent is ALWAYS the employer. No one else can qualify per OSHA – and from a liability perspective, you as the employer are always liable for your employee training.
The Bottom Line:
Arrange to have your employees trained (NFPA 70E courses). Once trained, the record of that training gets filed in the employee’s training records, proving that the employee did, in fact, receive training.
After training, the employer (or a contracted training company/e-Hazard) must watch the electrical employee perform those tasks in which you as the employer expect him to be proficient. This “hands-on demonstration of skills” gets documented in personnel records.
Once an employer is satisfied that the employee meets their expectations, they will write a statement that designates an employee as a “Qualified Electrical Technician” or some wording to that effect. Once that paperwork is filed, the employee is now considered “qualified” and free to perform the task(s) that you as the employer qualified him to perform.
110.6 (A)(3) Additional Training and Retraining. Additional training and retraining in safety-related work practices and applicable changes in this standard shall be performed at intervals not to exceed 3 years. (NFPA 70E, 2021)
OSHA does not certify employees. Read our blog post on what certified means in electrical safety.
They do not. Only an employer can deem you qualified. One of our e-Hazard instructors wrote an article answering this question. Find out what these terms mean.
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