Delaware Valley Safety Council Announces May Course Dates For Electrical Safety For Qualified Electrical Workers (NFPA-70E) Class

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Satisfy OSHA's mandated safety training requirements with this intensive, practical electrical safety program.

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This course focuses on the practical application of the OSHA regulations and NFPA 70E...

In conjunction with Shermco Industries, the Delaware Valley Safety Council (DVSC) has scheduled an Electrical Safety for Qualified Electrical Workers (NFPA 70E) training class for May 6th through May 8th, 2014. The class will be held at DVSC’s New Jersey facility located at Gloucester County College Continuing Education Center, 1492 Tanyard Road, Sewell, NJ 08080. The price for the course is $790.
Reservations can be made online at the DVSC website by clicking “Electrical Training” in the main page slideshow or the Electrical Training feature box. Inquiries can also be directed to DVSC Executive Director, Brian McClafferty at (302) 736-1986; or to DVSC Administrator, Geraldine Radio at (856) 558-8797.

Who Should Attend:
All technicians, field-service personnel, HVAC technicians, multi-craft personnel who work on electrical equipment, electricians, supervisors and engineers who supervise employees who perform operation or maintenance work on electric devices and equipment with voltage ratings from 50 volts and greater.

Course Description:
A practical, intensive electrical safety program designed to meet the mandated OSHA safety training requirements [Fed/OSHA 29CFR1910 1910.331-.335 (Electrical Safety Related Work Practices)], and 1910.137 (Electrical Protective Devices), hazards of electricity, NFPA 70E Articles 110 through 130 (now updated to include 2012 edition changes), Hazard and PPE Assessments, Energized Work Permits are all taught from the stand-point of field experience. This course focuses on the practical application of the OSHA regulations and NFPA 70E, rather than just explaining them.

Lab Time and Prerequisites:
Hands-on training (20%) program augmented with video and round-table discussions. Attendees should have basic electrical training. Some field experience is also recommended, but not mandatory.

I. Introduction
A. Terms and definitions (70E and OSHA)
B. Hazards of Electricity
1. Shock
2. Arc
3. Blast
II. Performing an Electrical Hazard Analysis
A. Determining nominal voltage
B. Shock Approach Distances
C. The Arc Flash Boundary
D. Determining PPE if no Arc Flash Hazard Analysis is performed
E. How to choose PPE based on the hazard
F. Hazard vs. risk
III. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
A. Inspection, maintenance and testing of:
1. Head and hearing protection
2. Eye and face protection
3. Arc flash protection
a. Types of clothing
4. Use of dielectric footwear
5. Rubber protective equipment
a. Gloves
b. Blankets and shields
B. Using the NFPA 70E tables properly
C. Determining the correct arc rating of PPE
D. Using NFPA 70E Annex H, “Guidance on Selection of PPE”
1. Simplified two-category system
2. Guidance on selection of PPE when an Arc Flash Hazard Analysis is performed
3. Use of 8 and 40 cal/cm2 PPE
IV. Energized Work
A. Energized electrical work policy
B. Guarding energized electrical equipment
C. Energized Electrical Work Permits
1. Exceptions
D. Establishing a safe work zone
V. De-energized Work
A. Placing equipment in an Electrically-Safe Work Condition
B. Switching procedures
C. Clearance orders
D. Safety Electrical One-Line Diagrams
E. Identifying “Look-Alike” equipment
F. Use of voltage detection equipment
1. Selection of the proper voltage tester
2. Limitations of common voltage testers
3. Verifying meter operation before use
4. Choosing the correct PPE
5. Safe operation and use
5. Verifying meter operation after use
6. Induced voltages vs. back feeds
7. Testing taped connections
VI. Specific Equipment Hazards
A. Circuit breakers and switches
B. Transformers
C. Instrument transformers
VII. Hands-On Lab Sessions
A. Inspecting PPE and insulated tools
B. Interpreting Arc Flash Hazard Labels
C. Proper use of the NFPA 70E Tables
D. Performing a JHA
E. Choosing and using voltage detection equipment

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