About this course…
Electrical utility workers are exposed to live energy hazards every day, often at high voltages. Understanding the impact of these hazards and implementing the best practices for managing projects and tasks is critical to the safety of both personnel and equipment. This hands-on course is designed to address those special requirements and techniques.
Who should attend…
Linemen, technicians and supervisors responsible for operating and maintaining either utility- or non-utility-owned substations or electric power generation, transmission and distribution systems operating above 600 volts, safety professionals who work with linemen, technicians and supervisors, and system operators who could benefit from enhanced knowledge of electric power generation, transmission and distribution system safety requirements.
Attendees should have basic electrical knowledge, field experience with generation, transmission and distribution systems operating above 600 volts is desired but not required.
Course Length 2 days (16 contact hours)
Each open-enrollment student will receive a course text (copy of NFPA 70E available at an additional cost).
- Electrical hazard awareness including the relationship between electrical hazards and personal injury or death
- Work rules such as determining safe approach distances for exposed energized conductors and components based on OSHA’s 29CFR1910.269, the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) and NFPA 70E
- The proper use of special precautionary techniques, personal protective equipment (PPE), insulating and shielding materials and insulated tools for working on or near exposed energized parts of electric equipment based on OSHA, NESC and NFPA 70E requirements
- How to inspect PPE such as rubber insulating gloves, hot sticks, rubber blankets, hard hats, face shields and arc flash clothing
- Absence-of-voltage testing using contact and non-contact devices
- Lecture augmented with discussions; approximately 25% lab time (written and hands-on).
NOTE: Employees who work primarily with systems and equipment operating below 600 volts should enroll in Shermco’s Electrical Safety for Qualified Electrical Workers course.