The procedure provides minimum guidelines for safety-related work practices. This is to insure a safe and healthful work environment for University employees who may be exposed to electrical circuits or electrical hazards.
The University will use NCOSHA Standards 1910.331 through .335 in the development of this requirement. It applies to University employees both qualified and unqualified who work on, near, or with electrical circuits, except where qualified employees are excluded.
The required training and work procedures include but are not limited to:
b. Verification of de-energization
d. Distinguish live parts from other parts
e. Work on or near overhead power lines
f. Portable ladders
g. Conductive apparel
h. Housekeeping duties
I. Electrical safety interlocks
k. Cord and plug connected equipment
l. Eye and face protection
m. Safe clearance distances for voltages, and
n. Insulated tools.
Each department is responsible for complying with this section.
Electrical safety-related work practices apply to: 1) qualified persons - those familiar with the construction and operation of electrical equipment, and the hazards involved and who have training in avoiding the electrical hazards of working on or near energized parts; 2) unqualified persons-those with little or no such training working on, near or with the following installations:
2. Wiring for connection to supply: Installations of conductors that connect to the supply of electricity.
3. Other Wiring: Installations of other outside conductors on the premises.
4. Optical Fiber Cable: Installation of optical fiber cable where such are made along with electric conductors.
2. Communications installations
3. Installations in vehicles
4. Railway installations
3. Installations in vehicles include: ships, watercraft, railway rolling stock, aircraft, or automotive vehicles other than mobile home and recreational vehicles.
4. Railway installations for generation, transformation, transmission, or distribution of power used exclusively for operation of rolling stock or installations of railways used exclusively for signaling and communication purposes.
Those employees facing a higher than normal risk of electric shock require training. That is, those employee's working in areas not reduced to a safe level by the installation requirements of the National Electrical Code or OSHA General Requirements for Electrical System and Equipment Design.
Employees in the following occupations require training, as well as other employees, expected to encounter risk or injury due to electric shock or other electrical hazards.
Typical occupational categories of employees facing a higher than normal risk of electrical accident would be:
Electrical & electronic engineers
Electrical & electronic equipment assemblers
Electrical & electronic technicians
Industrial machine operators
Material handling equipment operators
Mechanics and repairers (maintenance employees)
Riggers & roustabouts
Content of Training
2. Additional requirements for unqualified persons - In addition to being trained in the safety practices related work, unqualified employees facing a risk of electric shock must have training in any electrically related safety practices not covered in these requirements or the OSHA Standards but which are necessary for employees' safety.