by Mike Saylors
Project Manager, Safety Compliance & Training

In the General Industry Standard, OSHA does not go into great depth about who is qualified to work on or near energized electrical equipment.

According to OSHA 29 CFR 1910.399, a “Qualified Person” is defined as “one who has received training in and has demonstrated skills and knowledge in the construction and operation of electric equipment and installations and the hazards involved.”

So how does the employer determine and record who is a “Qualified Person”?

I suggest the following as a start point: 

    1. Document All Training: This includes the worker’s prior experience, education and certifications.

       

    2. Demonstrate Skills and Knowledge: Determining an absence of voltage is one of the most important skills that comes to mind. Have the person demonstrate it to a qualified person. Another skill would be the ability to select proper PPE based on information contained on an arc flash label.

       

    3. Training: A “Qualified Person” should possess the following:
      Ability to determine nominal voltage.
      Ability to recognize live parts.
      Knowledge of approach distances.
      Understanding of the hazards of electricity.

      A good electrical safety program should spell out your requirements for a “Qualified Person.” Following the above guidelines is a great start towards building a solid foundation.

      How We Can Help
      If you have questions regarding establishing an electrical safety program of what makes a “Qualified Worker,” please contact Mike Saylors at (540) 613-2073 or [email protected].