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Electrical Safety Task Force Charter

 1.0 Purpose

The Facilities Operations Electrical Safety Task Force (ETF) supports and assists in the development, promulgation and implementation of the Facilities Operations electrical safety process.

The ETF advises on electrical safety issues, develops and implements electrical safety policies, studies accidents to recommend preventative measures, develops plans to protect personnel in the area of electrical safety, and promotes electrical safety within Facilities Operations.

Relevant issues include electrical work within Facilities Operations; compliance of electrical work with OSHA Title 29 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 1910 and 1926; and application of codes such as National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 70 - NEC and 70E – Arc Flash protection.

Regular meetings of the ETF are open to NCSU employees.

2.0 Composition

Task Force membership will be constituted of representatives of Department units recommended by the unit Assistant Director and approved by the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Facilities Operations.   Membership will include representatives of at least the following:

  1. Facilities Operations Units:
    1. Maintenance Zones Electricians
    2. Electricians in other areas (Housekeeping, Grounds, Construction, as applicable)
    3. Personnel Services
    4. Power Distribution Electricians (one PDE I or PDE II)
  2. Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S)

The total membership composition of the task force shall not exceed 7 persons, including the chair, nor shall it be less than 5 members.

3.0 Functions

The Task Force shall carry out its delineated responsibilities through the following activities:

  1. Advise the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Facilities Operations on electrical safety matters.
  2. Serve as a resource to assist Facilities Operations staff in hazard analysis and control development pertaining to electrical safety.
  3. Major focus on and updating safety policies and procedures for:
    1. Developing, reviewing, and updating Facilities Operations electrical safety policies that aid in the implementation of safe work practices based on regulatory drivers and EH&S polices.
    2. Reviewing, evaluating and making recommendations to improve the electrical safety process resulting from any of the following:
        1. Facility inspections
        2. Electrical accidents or near-misses
        3. EH&S information gathered / lessons learned from similar industrial / commercial incidents
        4. NEC, NFPA, and OSHA revisions
    3. Interpreting, reviewing, and publicizing new or revised information, regulations, codes and standards for electrical safety.
    4. Defining and interpreting compliance with industry standards in conjunction with EH&S staff, subject matter experts, and safety officers.
  4. Review and provide guidance on electrical safety training documents and course requirements as requested or needed for improvement.

4.0 ETF Members

As a resource to a Facilities Operations Unit, the ETF member provides a direct interface with the task force to bring electrical safety issues to the task force and keep the Unit informed of site-wide electrical safety issues that may be applicable to the Unit activities.

This position requires attendance and participation in ETF meetings and support for task force functions listed in Section 3.0 “Functions”.

ETF member participation requires an inclusion of these responsibilities within the member work plan and appraisals.

5.0 Meeting Schedule and Business Rules

Meetings will be held at least quarterly, and as necessary to conduct appropriate task force business.  A quorum (simple majority of the committee members) is required for the ETF to meet and conduct business. A simple majority vote of the quorum is the minimum requirement for making decisions.

Minutes are to be taken and posted for NCSU access.

6.0 Task Force Duration

The Task Force shall serve in this capacity until the initial functions regarding complete updates on all electrical safety matters, as derived or collected from such documents as NFPA codes, National Electrical Safety Code (NESC), OSHA requirements and rules and State requirements, are completed.  Of specific interest at this time are updates that concern Arc Flash safety and personnel protection (NFPA 70E), changes in any applicable OSHA rules (e.g., 1910.147, CFR 1910.269 and CFR 1910.331-335), and updates to the NESC and the NEC.

Membership on or service for the task force shall be for the duration of the task force, except that such service shall terminate at 2 years from the initial appointment date if the task force is to extend beyond 2 years. 

7.0 Provisions for Amendment

The Task Force Chairperson shall submit to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Operations any recommendations for the amendment of this charter.