By Dennis K. Neitzel, AVO Training Institute
Dennis K.Neitzel gives an insight into training requirements to ensure electrical safety
Electrical power systems today are often very complex. Protective devices, controls, instrumentation and interlock systems demand that technicians be trained and qualified at a highly technical skills level. Safety and operating procedures utilized in working on these systems are equally as complex, requiring technicians to be expertly trained in all safety practices and procedures. The goal of any training program is to develop and maintain an effective and safe work force. In the US, one objective of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is to protect employees from electrical hazards in the workplace. There must be a strong emphasis on qualified persons only performing work on or near exposed energized and de-energized electrical systems and equipment in all industry sectors. An understanding of the potential hazards of electricity, which include electrical shock, arc-flash and arc-blast, must be addressed as a major part of training and qualifying employees.