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Arc Flash Electrical Safety NFPA 70E®

A 2-Day Training Course Based on the NFPA 70E® Standard for
Electrical Safety in the Workplace®
New: Includes Discussions on Changes for 2015!

Both Days - $990

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"I walked out with an interest in living longer."
Martin Shaw - Project Manager - Salt River Indian Comm.

Purpose of Seminar

The foremost purpose of this training program is to keep workers safe while working on or around electrically energized equipment. It is also designed to help organizations who are employers of electrical workers comply with OSHA and NFPA 70E® safety standards. From safe work practices and hazard concerns that affect the employee, to the liability, documentation and compliance concerns that affect the employer, we will apply the information presented in this course to your specific needs, circumstances, workers, facilities and equipment. Overall, this program is designed to reduce liability concerns for the employer while establishing a culture of safe work practices among employees.

Course Overview

In addition to keeping workers safe, this course is designed to help companies fulfill their legal requirements relative to OSHA 29 CFR Part 1910, Subpart S Electrical, and NFPA 70E® “Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace®”.

Employers are required to follow the law which will help them avoid lawsuits and keep their workers safe. Knowing the OSHA Qualified Electrical Worker definition and understanding how it is applied to your specific situation will keep you and your workers out of trouble. This course is designed to help you get your organization up to speed and workers properly trained as quickly and thoroughly as possible.

OSHA 1910.399 specifically defines a qualified person as “One who has received training in and has demonstrated skills and knowledge in the construction and operation of electric equipment and installations and the hazards involved.”

American Trainco helps our customers by providing solutions (the Arc Flash Electrical Safety NFPA 70E® training program, and ATMT® Electrical Safety Testing and Certification program) that may be adopted by employers to meet or assist in both their “received training” and “demonstrated knowledge” requirements as it relates to the qualified person definition. In our optional third day of training we will also show employers how to address the “demonstrated skill” portion of the qualified person definition and provide you with tools and examples of how to set up that process within your own facility.

From a practical perspective, students will gain an immense respect for the power of electricity and the damage it can cause to people and equipment. They will learn about personal safety for working on or around electrical systems and equipment, how to use proper tools, materials and protective gear, and what procedures to use when doing electrical work. In this class, an otherwise dry recitation of rules and regulations is brought to life so that students will take an active and keen interest in learning how to properly protect themselves and others, and understand the potentially deadly consequences if they don’t.

Who should take this course?

This seminar is a must for anyone who works on or around any electrically energized equipment at industrial plants, utilities or commercial and private building facilities. From machine operators and janitorial personnel, to maintenance workers and experienced electricians - anyone who comes in contact with electrical equipment must receive Electrical Safety training to be in compliance with the requirements of OSHA standard CFR 1910.331-.335.

All Maintenance Personnel in:

  • Manufacturing Plants
  • Commercial Buildings
  • Hospitals
  • Waste Water Facilities
  • Schools
  • Government Buildings
  • Research Facilities
  • Shopping Centers
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Airports


  • All Electricians - any level
  • Maintenance & Electrical Supervisors
  • Machine Operators
  • Maintenance Millwrights & Mechanics
  • HVAC Technicians
  • Field Service Technicians
  • Building Engineers
  • Stationary Engineers
  • Building & Maintenance Managers
  • Multi-craft & Cross Training Personnel
  • Environmental Safety & Health Personnel

Training Outcomes

Several specific discussions are covered and tasks completed during this training course. After completion of our two-day program students will have learned:

  • Requirements of OSHA & NFPA 70E® standards
  • Changes in these standards from 2012 to 2015
  • How to identify electrical hazards
  • The dangers and risks of poor electrical work practices
  • What it means to be a “qualified worker”
  • Safe approach distances to electrical conductors
  • How Arc Flash happens & the devastation it causes
  • How to read Arc Flash labels
  • How to read Arc Flash charts and illustrations
  • PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) requirements
  • How to find resources for and select the right PPE
  • Proper electrical work practices & “hot work” rules
  • How to work with electricity in wet or damp locations
  • Lockout/Tagout procedures for electrical equipment
  • Safety requirements for electrical installations
  • What it takes to establish compliance
  • OSHA penalties for noncompliance

The optional ATMT® Electrical Safety Certification exam may be taken online or in a written test format. Both types of tests can be taken any time after the class is over.

Discussion Topics

Electrical Safety & the Qualified Electrical Worker
  • Background, Responsibilities & Requirements
  • Safety Standard Types: NFPA 70E & Others
  • OSHA Electrical Safety Regulations Overview
  • Understanding Definitions
Electrical Hazards
  • Power of Electricity
  • Shock, Arc-Flash & Arc-blast
  • How to identify electrical hazards
  • Damage to People and Equipment
  • Dangers of Static Electricity
  • Accident Prevention
  • Emergency Response
Safety Related Work Practices
  • Work Related Definitions
  • General Requirements
  • Establishing Safe Work Condition
  • Electrical Lockout / Tagout
  • Working On or Near Energized Parts
  • Determining Proper Approach Distances
  • Securing Energized Work Permits
  • Understanding an Arc Flash Analysis
  • Reading Arc Flash One Line Diagrams
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Safety Related Maintenance Requirements
  • Understanding General Requirements
  • Common Electrical Equipment
  • Premises Wiring
  • Controller Equipment
  • Fuses & Circuit Breakers
  • Rotating Equipment
  • Hazardous (Classified) Locations
  • Batteries & Battery Rooms
  • Portable Electrical Tools & Equipment (PPR)
Requirements for Special Equipment
  • Electrolytic Cells
  • Batteries & Battery Rooms
  • Lasers
  • Power Electronic Equipment
Electrical Safety Program
  • Planning an Electrical Safety Program
  • Implementation
  • Complying with NFPA 70E®
  • Interpreting Arc Flash Analysis Reports
  • Determining your PPE Requirements
  • Documentation of Records
Changes from 2012 to 2015

What You Will Take Home

Take-home materials include

  • A laminated, full-color ATMT® Reference Guide detailing all the “must-know” information covered in the class. Keep this with you while on the job for immediate knowledge recall.
  • A comprehensive Study Guide for additional reference and preparation for optional ATMT® Testing and Certification
  • A Personalized Training Certificate with 0.8 American Trainco Continuing Education Units for each day attended, 1.6 for both days, and
  • All the information you need from asking our instructors specific questions about your own unique equipment or facility.

Common Questions about Arc Flash

Q: What happens in an arc flash or arc blast?

A: Arc flashes cause electrical equipment to explode, resulting in an arc-plasma fireball. Temperatures may exceed 35,000° F (the surface of the sun is 9000° F). These high temperatures cause rapid heating of surrounding air and extreme pressures, resulting in an arc blast. The arc blast will likely vaporize all solid copper conductors; solid copper expands to 67,000 times its original volume when it is vaporized. In addition, measurements taken on a test mannequin during a laboratory arc flash detected sound levels of 141.5 decibels at two (2) feet from the blast, and pressure levels of 2,160 pounds per square foot (psf) in the immediate vicinity of the arc blast.

Q: What is NFPA 70 E?

A: NFPA 70 E is intended to provide guidance with respect to electrical safe work practices.

Q: What is the difference between NFPA 70 (NEC®) and NFPA 70E?

A: The National Electrical Code® is generally considered an electrical installation document and protects employees under normal circumstances. NFPA 70E is intended to provide guidance with respect to electrical safe work practices

Q: What standards regulate electrical safety and arc flash hazards?

A: There are four main regulations that govern electrical safety and arc flash.

1. OSHA Standards 29-CFR, Part 1910. Occupational Safety and Health Standards. 1910 sub part S (electrical) Standard number 1910.333 specifically addresses Standards for Work Practices and references NFPA 70E. OSHA compliance is required by any plant building or facility.

2. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 70 - 2002 "The National Electrical Code" (NEC) contains requirements for warning labels.

3. NFPA 70E provides guidance on implementing appropriate work practices that are required to safeguard workers from injury while working on or near exposed electrical conductors or circuit parts that could become energized.

4. The Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) 1584 - 2002 Guide to Performing Arc-Flash Hazard Calculations

Q: What is Electrical Flash Hazard Analysis?

A: Prior to commencing work on electrically energized conductors > 50 volts, NFPA 70E Article 130.3 requires that a flash hazard analysis be performed to identify work tasks that must be performed while electrical equipment remains energized. Instead of performing a detailed analysis, however, Table 130.7 (C)(9)(A) (Hazard Risk Category Classifications) may be utilized to identify various job tasks and the corresponding hazard risk category.

NFPA 70 E Article 130.3 (A) requires employers to establish a flash protection boundary - a distance from exposed energized electrical parts at which an employee could sustain a second degree burn if an electric arc flash were to occur. Employees performing work on energized conductors inside this boundary must be protected with appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). In most cases, the flash protection boundary for electrical systems 600 volts and below will be four (4) feet.

Optional ATMT Certification® Testing

An optional ATMT® Certification exam is available for this training topic. It may be taken online or as a written test any time after the class is over. Please visit ATMT® Testing and Certification for more information.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

All students attending our seminars receive a personalized Certificate of Completion and .8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) per day of training. Over 40,000 employers and government agencies who have sent their employees to our classes accept American Trainco CEUs for continuing education requirements. Our administration and record keeping practices meet or exceed the standards of ACE (American Council on Education) and we are able to provide transcripts of all classes attended and tests taken by individual students. Please contact us if our CEUs are not yet accepted by your authority. We will initiate an application to get the approval process started.

In House Training

You can bring this or any American Trainco seminar directly to your plant or facility. We offer dozens of courses covering a broad range of maintenance and maintenance management topics. Our expert instructors are among the most experienced in the industry and can modify or customize training programs to meet your specific needs - whether you need a short refresher course or an in depth program that focuses on your equipment and processes. In house training reduces the training cost per employee and limits the time required away from work. There are several other advantages of in house training as well.

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