This online safety course presents an overview of measures to reduce hazards presented by arc flash events. It will cover basic electrical concepts, circumstances that can present the risk of arc flashes, electrical industry safety standards, and hazard control measures when work responsibilities cause you to work on or near equipment at risk for arc flash.
What are the governing regulations? Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) has a series of electrical safety standards. These standards are listed under Part 19.
The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) is the largest regulatory agency in Canada. The CSA has compiled many OHS-related standards, including the CSA Z462-18 series, which deals specifically with workplace electrical safety. It covers many of the same topics covered by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 70E Standards for Electrical Safety in the Workplace.
Lastly, to supplement the overarching regulations created by OHS and the CSA, individual provinces and territories often set their own regulations (in accordance with federal bodies) specific to their needs. Before working with or around electrical hazards, ensure that you are familiar with the regulations specific to your province or territory.
Who must take this training? Employees who work on or near equipment at risk for arc flash.
Case Study: In 2012, ThyssenKrupp Industrial Services Canada, Inc., was taken to court, found guilty of violating The Electrical Act, and fined $70,000 for hiring an unlicensed worker to perform electrical work. The worker was trying to remove conductors from an electrical panel when an arc flash occurred, severely injuring the worker. The company and supervisor were also charged by the Ministry of Labour for violating the Occupational Health and Safety Act after an investigation revealed that the electrical panel was not disconnected from the power source and was not locked and tagged out before the work began. The company and supervisor were fined an additional $171,000.
Key Takeaway: To avoid incidents like this one, employers must follow all regulations outlined by the appropriate authorities, including local authorities. It is the responsibility of the employer to ensure that only qualified personnel conduct electrical work and that safe work procedures are implemented.
It will take a MINIMUM of 2 hours to complete this Canada OHS Arc Flash Safety Training online course. The student may log on and off as needed. A bookmark will be set so when they log back in they will return to where they left off.
Retraining is required in at least the following situations: (1) Where changes at the worksite present a hazard about which an employee has not been previously trained; or (2) Where changes in the types of electrical equipment, or other equipment present a hazard about which an employee has not been previously trained; or (3) Where inadequacies in an affected employee's work involving electricity indicate that the employee has not retained the requisite proficiency.