NFPA 70E clearly defines a qualified person, what is an authorized qualified person as it relates to instructing an NFPA 70E course?
I’ll give you my opinion, for what it’s worth. As far as I can tell “Authorized” as it applies to a person comes from OSHA wording related to Lockout/Tagout activities. NFPA 70E (2015) does not define Authorized Person. The use of Authorized Qualified Person does not occur in the standard at all. In section 120.2(D) Complex Lockout/Tagout procedure – the standard mentions the role of the Authorized employee for the purpose of establishing a complex lockout/tagout.
As to your question of how it relates to instructing an NFPA 70E course I don’t think I understand the question.
A facility, take mine for example, can write its own lockout/tagout procedure and in that procedure define the role of the authorized employee for complex (what some call a level II) lockout. The procedure would be relevant to all types of lockouts (not just electrical hazardous energy control lockouts) and might not mention the role of a qualified employee. NFPA 70 e, 2015 defines the role of a qualified employee and adds the requirement that the operating of isolation devices to establish the lockout/tagout (electrically safe work condition) must be performed by a qualified employee. Now, this, to me, could lead to a company creating a position, defined in their own procedure, as an Authorized Qualified Employee (one who establishes the isolation and is responsible for the complex lockout/tagout) – but it would not be something that the standard established as a requirement. For example, a complex mechanical lockout/tagout (say for a valve isolation) would include an Authorized Employee (as defined by OSHA requirements) but would not include a Qualified Employee (as defined in NFPA 70E) but could include a "qualified" employee using qualified here only in terms that are defined by the employers procedures.
I hope that helps.
Thank you for your reply! So let me explain in a little more detail. We are a medium size Electrical Contractor, have our own in house Training program with about 100 training/course we offer to our employees. Our Safety department instructs our Energized Electrical Safety training and our First Aid/CPR classes. Our instructors are certified to teach the First Aid / CPR. See below for a question from a GC on one of our jobs. Is there a certification for instructors teaching NFPA 70E or does that fall under the qualified person who is authorized to instruct the class.
RFI #4 – Specification 260574-3.4A
• Does Encore have a history of providing Arc Flash Training successfully?
• Is there a certification required to train others in Arc Flash safety? Does Encore have this certification?
• As long as Encore meets all code requirements where training is concerned, that will satisfy BG, but ultimately we want the Owner to be comfortable with this approach.
Alright, I understand better. As of now, I am not aware of any specific qualification that is identified for being an instructor for Electrical Safety training. It is pretty much as Mr. Benton says below. However, having said that, there are the certification programs for CESCP (Certified Electrical Safety Compliance Professional) and CESW (Certified Electrical Safety Worker) offered by NFPA. In my opinion an Arc Flash Hazard awareness training course (as part of an overall electrical safety in the workplace course) would probably benefit from having the trainer, or at least the course material reviewed by someone, with one of these qualifications.
It is possible that you refer to qualified as in electrically qualified (electrician), or perhaps task qualified but I interpret your question to mean "what are the qualifications for providing instruction (teaching) a NFPA 70E course".
To my knowledge any person that has ability, an audience, and access to the material or standard can instruct or teach electrical safety. However, a person with teaching experience and knowledge in the subject matter will certainly do a better job.
Some companies offer a "Train the Trainer" courses to better prepare a person for classroom instruction.
Perhaps you could better assist us with an appropriate response if your question was a bit clearer.
Thank you for your reply, I also did not find anything relating to a certification for instructing an NFPA 70E class. I appreciate your response.
Dale, E-Hazard offers a program that may suit your needs.
I also have this question. What qualifies someone (specific skills, training, qualifications, experience, etc.) to act as a trainer to teach others NFPA 70E? Does the trainer have to have had 70E? Demonstrated knowledge in 70E? Be a certified electrician? et cetera, et cetera... How is an employer required to ensure a trainer is qualified? Hopefully, it more than just pointing to one of your electricians on staff and saying "Hey you... you're teaching the class today!".
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