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Electrical Safety

General

 

Electrical safety is essential to the well being of the University of Maine Augusta community.

The hazards of electricity include electrocution, flash burns, fire, and injuries from explosions when conductors are shorted. A person need not be in contact with a live part in order to be injured. Conductors that operate at less than 50 volts to ground will not be covered in this policy if there is no significant risk of injuries of an electrical nature including explosion.

Employees, students and visitors must be protected from the hazards of electrical energy; this will be accomplished by using guards, signs, maintenance procedures, training, policies and safe work practices.

Most people on campus are highly unlikely to be exposed to energized equipment or conductors and Annual Safety Training is designed to provide awareness training for these individuals.

The instructor/competent person must supervise electrical safety in the classroom and they shall follow the applicable requirements of this policy.

 

Regulatory Guidance

OSHA 29 CFR1910.302 through 1910.335

NFPA 70E

 

Requirements

All installation and maintenance of electrical systems and equipment must meet with electrical codes and manufacturer's requirements.

The University of Maine at Augusta requires that Certified Electrical Contractors perform all repairs, modifications and new construction under Facilities Management supervision.

All portable electrical equipment (including extension cords) must be properly handled in order to prevent damage. Additionally all equipment must be visually inspected prior to use in order to ensure that no damage has occurred. Adapters, which defeat the ground system, cannot be used.

Experimental equipment that uses electrical energy must be constructed in such a manner that no electrical conductors are exposed.

Each department is required to assess the workspace and job tasks of their employees and develop safe electrical work practices for those employees that work near electrical conductors.

 

The following training shall be required:

  • Appropriate training for employees:
  • OSHA divides these people into two categories, qualified and unqualified. The qualified/unqualified designation will change with each situation, i.e. a person may be qualified on one piece of equipment but not on any other equipment.
  • The OSHA unqualified person may work near but not on energized equipment or conductors. An unqualified person may also work on equipment that has been deenergized by being locked out. The lockout procedure must be approved by a qualified person, and follow the University of Maine at Augusta Lockout Program procedures.
  • UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCE SHALL UMA EMPLOYEES WORK ON ENERGIZED EQUIPMENT. The OSHA qualified person is a person who has sufficient training and equipment to safely work on specific energized conductors. A person who designs lockout procedures must also be electrically qualified.

 

Batteries

Although batteries or systems of batteries may be under 50 volts they can still pose a significant hazard when there is sufficient energy present to cause a fire or explosion. The potential energy stored in these systems requires appropriate precautions to prevent fire or explosion.

These storage batteries shall be protected from short circuits. Based on risks groups of batteries may need to be located within a protective enclosure or area accessible only to qualified persons.

The battery area shall be ventilated either by a natural or powered ventilation system to prevent the accumulation of explosive gasses.

Appropriate personal protective equipment shall be used while working on or servicing batteries. Tools used for working on batteries shall be insulated or non-sparking.

 

Training

This policy includes the following training requirements:

Electrical Safety Awareness Training: Obtained through Annual Safety Training

Unqualified Person Training: Obtained by attending unqualified person training and review of department specific electrical hazards.

Qualified Person Training: Obtained by attending qualified person training, and specific department safe electrical safety work practice written plans and procedures.

NFPA 70 E Training: Individuals responsible for writing and auditing safe electrical work practice written plans and procedures shall have completed NFPA 70 E training.

 

Responsibilities

Safety begins with the individual. Each employee is expected to participate fully in the electrical safety program by developing and applying the following work habits.

The employee is responsible for:

  • Following safe operating procedures.
  • Attending training in electrical safety issues.
  • Observing all warning signs and regulations.
  • Obtaining proper personal protective equipment and using it.
  • Reporting all unsafe conditions and acts to the supervisor.

 

Each applicable department is responsible for:

  • Assessing their workplace(s) for Electrical Hazards
  • Providing training to employees and students at risk for injuries from electrical hazards.
  • Providing appropriate personal protective equipment as outlined in this procedure.
  • Conducting annual audits and maintaining training records.

 

The Department of Facilities Management is responsible for:

  • Assisting departmental safety coordination & line supervisors with the identification of electrical hazards and potential injury situations.
  • Assisting with required electrical safety training.
  • Maintaining and installing electrical distributions systems in accordance with appropriate codes and manufacturer's requirements.
  • Promptly responding to electrical safety issues.

 

For Additional Information

Contact your Department of Facilities Management

Personal Protective Equipment Policy

Lock Out/Tag Out Program

 

Document History

Date originally published: 04/11/14



 

Electrical Safety

 

0BGeneral

 

 

Electrical safety is essential to the well being of the University of Maine Augusta community.

The hazards of electricity include electrocution, flash burns, fire, and injuries from explosions when conductors are shorted.  A person need not be in contact with a live part in order to be injured. Conductors that operate at less than 50 volts to ground will not be covered in this policy if there is no significant risk of injuries of an electrical nature including explosion.

Employees, students and visitors must be protected from the hazards of electrical energy; this will be accomplished by using guards, signs, maintenance procedures, training, policies and safe work practices.

Most people on campus are highly unlikely to be exposed to energized equipment or conductors and Annual Safety Training is designed to provide awareness training for these individuals.

The instructor/competent person must supervise electrical safety in the classroom and they shall follow the applicable requirements of this policy.

 

Regulatory Guidance

OSHA 29 CFR1910.302 through 1910.335

NFPA 70E

 

Requirements

All installation and maintenance of electrical systems and equipment must meet with electrical codes and manufacturer’s requirements.

The University of Maine at Augusta requires that Certified Electrical Contractors perform all repairs, modifications and new construction under Facilities Management supervision.

All portable electrical equipment (including extension cords) must be properly handled in order to prevent damage.  Additionally all equipment must be visually inspected prior to use in order to ensure that no damage has occurred.  Adapters, which defeat the ground system, cannot be used.

Experimental equipment that uses electrical energy must be constructed in such a manner that no electrical conductors are exposed.

Each department is required to assess the workspace and job tasks of their employees and develop safe electrical work practices for those employees that work near electrical conductors. 

The following training shall be required:

1.      Appropriate training for employees:

·         OSHA divides these people into two categories, qualified and unqualified.  The qualified/unqualified designation will change with each situation, i.e. a person may be qualified on one piece of equipment but not on any other equipment.

·         The OSHA unqualified person may work near but not on energized equipment or conductors.  An unqualified person may also work on equipment that has been deenergized by being locked out. The lockout procedure must be approved by a qualified person, and follow the University of Maine at Augusta Lockout Program procedures.

·         UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCE SHALL UMA EMPLOYEES WORK ON ENERGIZED EQUIPMENT. The OSHA qualified person is a person who has sufficient training and equipment to safely work on specific energized conductors.  A person who designs lockout procedures must also be electrically qualified.

UBatteries

 

Although batteries or systems of batteries may be under 50 volts they can still pose a significant hazard when there is sufficient energy present to cause a fire or explosion.  The potential energy stored in these systems requires appropriate precautions to prevent fire or explosion.

 

·         These storage batteries shall be protected from short circuits.  Based on risks groups of batteries may need to be located within a protective enclosure or area accessible only to qualified persons. 

·         The battery area shall be ventilated either by a natural or powered ventilation system to prevent the accumulation of explosive gasses.

·         Appropriate personal protective equipment shall be used while working on or servicing batteries.  Tools used for working on batteries shall be insulated or non-sparking.

 

Training

This policy includes the following training requirements:

 

-          Electrical Safety Awareness Training:  Obtained through Annual Safety Training

 

-          Unqualified Person Training:  Obtained by attending unqualified person training and review of department specific electrical hazards.

 

-          Qualified Person Training:  Obtained by attending qualified person training, and specific department safe electrical safety work practice written plans and procedures.

 

-          NFPA 70 E Training:  Individuals responsible for writing and auditing safe electrical work practice written plans and procedures shall have completed NFPA 70 E training.

 

Responsibilities

Safety begins with the individual.  Each employee is expected to participate fully in the electrical safety program by developing and applying the following work habits.

 

The employee is responsible for:

  • Following safe operating procedures. 
  • Attending training in electrical safety issues.
  • Observing all warning signs and regulations.
  • Obtaining proper personal protective equipment and using it.
  • Reporting all unsafe conditions and acts to the supervisor.

 

Each applicable department is responsible for:

  • Assessing their workplace(s) for Electrical Hazards
  • Providing training to employees and students at risk for injuries from electrical hazards.
  • Providing appropriate personal protective equipment as outlined in this procedure.
  • Conducting annual audits and maintaining training records.

 

The Department of Facilities Management is responsible for:

  • Assisting departmental safety coordination & line supervisors with the identification of electrical hazards and potential injury situations.
  • Assisting with required electrical safety training.
  • Maintaining and installing electrical distributions systems in accordance with appropriate codes and manufacturer’s requirements.
  • Promptly responding to electrical safety issues.

 

For Additional Information

Contact your Department of Facilities Management

Personal Protective Equipment Policy

Lock Out/Tag Out Program

 

 

 

Document History

Date originally published:

Revised

04/11/14