How does the NFPA70 Training work?
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How often do I have to take the NFPA70 Training
Employees must be retrained at least once every three years in safe work practices and in any changes to theNFPA 70 standard.
As an employer am I legally obligated to provide NFPA 70E training and, if so, are there specific documentation requirements for the training?
OSHA 1910 Subpart S mandates training for any employee who might come into contact with an electrical hazard. NFPA70 is considered the consensus industry standard for electrical safety practices, so even though OSHA does not call for NFPA70 training specifically, it remains the best option for worker safety and compliance.
Training should include both “qualified persons” trained to work directly with electrical equipment and “unqualified persons,” such as maintenance or janitorial staff who operate around a hazard. It could also include outside contractors or visitors to the facility. NFPA 70E Article 110.2(A) states:
“The training requirements contained in this section shall apply to employees exposed to an electrical hazard when the risk associated with that hazard is not reduced to a safe level by the applicable electrical installation requirements.”
Does the 2012 edition of NFPA70 have any new retraining requirements?
Keeping with the 2012 handbook, to elevate the understanding of each worker, certain electrical safety training topics should be included in training presentations, including:
How to avoid exposure to each hazard
What electrical hazards are present in the workplace
How to select and inspect personal protective equipment
How to perform a hazard identification and risk assessment analysis
How each electrical hazard affects body tissues
One of the main changes in the 2012 handbook is regarding requirements in section 110.2(D)(3) – Retraining. The standard reads the same as previous versions except for the last sentence: “Retraining shall be performed at intervals not to exceed three years.” This new rule has been put in place to ensure everyone is up to date on their training. Also, 120.2(B)(2) has been updated to require lockout/tagout retraining as well.