One area of significant change in the 2012 version of NFPA-70E impacts employers, employees and contract employees. There were additional details added regarding training, retraining and the documentation of this training, for those working with or around electrical sources of energy. Changes were incorporated to provide additional details surrounding the responsibilities that the employer has for the training of those working with or around electrical sources of energy.
In the previous versions of the standard, many training requirements were somewhat open ended from the perspective of retraining intervals, the documentation of the training and the requirements for the training of unqualified persons. The latest version of NFPA-70E now provides clear and definitive directions surrounding this subject.
Section 110.2 (E) now details the employers responsibilities for the documentation of electrical safety training for qualified (110.2(D(1)), and for unqualified persons relative to electrical safety-related practices necessary for their safety (110.2(D)(2)). This training documentation must now include a description of the content of the training as well as the name of each specific employees and the date of their training.
Additionally, section 110.1(C) was added which now requires that a safety meeting/training be held for all contract employers and that this meeting is documented. The intent here is to insure that when contractors and contract personnel enter a site, that they are fully briefed on the electrical safety program for that site location and there is documented evidence that this training or briefing took place.
Also, in early version of the standard, little or no reference was given to retraining requirements. In the 2009 edition, a retraining section was added but the interval for retaining was not clearly defined and was left to interpretation by the employer or site conditions. In addition to the retraining requirements added in the 2009 version, retraining must occur within at an interval not to exceed a 36 month time period, 110.2(D)(3). I suspect that in future version of the standard this time interval may actually be reduced. Who remembers the training details from a class from 36 months ago?
More details have also been added in section 110.2(C) regarding those trained for emergency response. These procedures now specifically defined the employee’s responsibility for being trained in the actions regarding the release of those who are exposed to shock hazards and the responsibility for taking action in the case of emergency situations including the inclusion for training requirements for the use of automatic external defibrillators (AED). Next time we’ll explore the extensive changes to the requirements surrounding your site’s Electrical Safety Program!