printech, February, 2004
Providing Training to Unqualified Workers


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From: Gary Jones (gjonesprinting@aol.com )
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2004 09:52:57


FYI - From JJ Keller's Safety Clicks at www.JJKeller.com

Provide electrical safety training to "unqualified workers"

Just because a worker is "unqualified" to work on exposed energized parts doesn't mean the employee does not need electrical safety training.

According to OSHA's electrical safety training rule at 29 CFR 1910.332, all workers who face a risk of electric shock that is not reduced to a safe level require electrical safety training. Refer to 1910.332(a) which states: "The training requirements contained in this section apply to employees who face a risk of electric shock that is not reduced to a safe level by the electrical installation requirements of sections 1910.303 through 1910.308. Note: Employees in occupations listed in Table S 4 face such a risk and are required to be trained. Other employees who may reasonably be expected to face a comparable risk of injury due to electric shock or other electrical hazards must also be trained." The standard's Table S 4 lists 12 typical occupational categories or employees facing a higher than normal risk of electrical accident.

Additionally, 1910.331 outlines the scope of OSHA's electrical safety related work practices. 1910.331(a) states that "The provisions of sections 1910.331 through 1910.335 cover electrical safety related work practices for both qualified persons (those who have training in avoiding the electrical hazards of working on or near exposed energized parts) and unqualified persons (those with little or no such training) working on, near, or with the following installations." Refer to 1910.331 for descriptions of the installations.

OSHA then, at 1910.332(b), outlines the content of the training:
• Safety related work practices required.
• Additional requirements for unqualified persons.
• Additional requirements for qualified persons (i.e., those permitted to work on or near exposed energized parts).

Workers at risk of electric shock require the safety training outlined at 1910.332(b)(1) and (2) even if they are unqualified i.e., not permitted to work on or near exposed energized parts.



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