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Am I A Qualified Electrician?

Qualified vs. Unqualified Electrical Safety Training

By Al Havens

The specifications between a qualified and an unqualified person are found in NFPA 70E® 110.2(D)(1)(e) - General Requirements for Electrical Safety-Related Work Practices, and are used to establish the necessary requirementsqualified person for training and retraining on electrical safety, and certification. According to the standard, a qualified person is a person who, "shall be trained and knowledgeable of the construction and operation of equipment or a specific work method and be trained to Recognize and avoid the electrical hazards that might be present with respect to that equipment or work method." An unqualified person is said to be "trained in, and be familiar with, any electrical safety-related practices necessary for their safety."

One common question often asked is if people will be qualified by attending training courses. To help answer that question, e-Hazard.com reported regarding what is considered qualified:

According to OSHA and NFPA 70E, they need the following to be considered “qualified”

    1. To demonstrate they have the skills to do the work they are to do.
    2. To demonstrate they have the knowledge to do the work they are to do.
    3. To have received training to recognize and avoid the hazards involved. 

All three components need to be considered for a qualified person, the article says. “It is possible to have the knowledge and safety training without having the skills.  In that case, that person is not a ‘Qualified Person,’” reports e-Hazard.com. 

To read more on this from e-Hazard.com and to see if you have what it takes to be a qualified worker, click here.

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