Safety Requirements for workers differ, depending on the level of electrical power with which the work. For those whose exposure is typical office equipment, etc., safety requirements are addressed with Electrical Awareness Training.
For those who actually work with powered circuits, safety requirements include extensive training, use of established safe work practices, use of appropriate equipment and personal protective equipment. Information can be found in the Electrical Safety Program at the EHS web site.
OSHA 29 CFR 1910 Subpart S (1910.301 – 1910.399)
OSHA 29 CFR 1926 Subpart K (1926.400 – 1910.499)
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 70E, National Electrical Code
Keys to Compliance for Supervisors
- Supervisors must understand which jobs are suitable for “unqualified workers” and those which require “qualified workers”, and assign personnel accordingly.
- Supervisors should, insofar as possible, eliminate risks associated with a job before allowing a worker to perform that job; remaining risks must be discussed with the worker before work begins.
- Electrical Safety Awareness training must be provided to all “unqualified workers”
- “Qualified workers” must receive appropriate training in the safe performance of their jobs prior to undertaking the job.
- “Qualified Workers must be provided with safe operating procedures, including Lock Out Tag Out Procedures specific to each electrical circuit or piece of equipment
- Appropriate safety equipment, including personal protective equipment must be provided to each “qualified worker”.
- All electrical work to be done at Indiana University shall be done in accord with NFPA 70E.
Q. Is a “qualified worker” qualified to work on all electrical projects?
A. No – the term “qualified worker” means the worker is qualified for specific jobs, involving specific tasks and equipment. The worker may not be qualified to do other jobs. It is the Supervisor’s responsibility to know the worker’s capabilities.
Q. Can I use the same LOTO procedure for all similar equipment?
A. The equipment must be identical; if different electrical circuits are involved, these must be identified in the procedure.
Links to Written Programs, Further Information