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General Requirements for a Qualified Person

A qualified person is an individual recognized by the NCSU Principal Investigator, Manager, or Supervisor as having sufficient understanding of the equipment, device, system, or facility to positively control any hazards it presents. Acceptance of a person’s qualification for operating complex devices, systems, equipment, and facilities must be determined by the appropriate department head or designee.

Only those persons who are qualified and authorized may install, fabricate, repair, test, calibrate, or modify electrical wiring, devices, systems, or equipment.

Qualification and authorization to perform electrical or electronics work is based on a combination of formal training, experience, and on-the-job training.

The Qualified individual has had sufficient, documented training and experience and can demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills to be able to work on electrical equipment, whether energized or de-energized.

A qualified individual is not the authorized person to perform work on the electrical equipment.  A qualified individual is determined when he or she is authorized to perform electrical work by their direct supervisor or principal investigator.

Qualifications for Working on Energized Components

If work on energized components is anticipated, the qualification of a person shall include:

  • Specific operations in which energized work is anticipated
  • Features of the equipment including any specialized configuration
  • Location of energy-isolating devices
  • Techniques, tools, and PPE used for the specific equipment
  • Use of relevant documents such as wiring diagrams, schematics, service manuals, design packages, and operating, testing, and calibrating procedures
  • Systems’ energy control procedures, including energy-isolating devices, grounding and shorting procedures, and other energy control procedures
  • Recordkeeping and logging requirements that include pre-job briefing and Electrical Hot Work Permit.

Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that employees or others under their supervision are qualified to work on energized components before they are assigned to such work.