Electrician installing wiring

OSHA 29 CFR 1910(d) requires employers to assess the workplace to determine if hazards are present; you must select and provide the appropriate PPE and you must train employees in the proper user of PPE and safe work practices.  OSHA 29 CFR 1919.333 requires that employees who are exposed to electrical shock hazard must be qualified for the specific task they are performing.

The electrical equipment at your worksite must be labeled to warn qualified persons of potential electrical Arc Flash Hazards, according to NEC 110.16.

Any major changes or modifications to your Arc Flash Risk Assessment study will require an update.

Employers must document that each employee has received training required for qualified and unqualified persons, according to NFPA 70E 110.2 (e).  The degree of training must be determined by the amount of “risk” to the employee and may be in the classroom, on-the-job, or a combination of the two.

The employer must implement an Electrical Safety Program, per Annex E of NFPA-70E that must include the company’s safety policies, metrics to determine its effectiveness and procedures to be used by employees exposed to an electrical hazard.

Host employers are responsible for communication to contract employers:

  • known hazards that may not be readily recognized by the contract employer or its employees
  • information about the installation that contract employers need to make assessments regarding appropriate PPE
  • observed contract-employee related violations