Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment
This is a new course offered by A&E Training Services designed to follow the requirements outlined in the CSA Z462 Workplace Electrical Safety and the NFPA 70E Electrical Safety in the Work Place.
This course is now available through our e-learning centre or for on site delivery. If your already a member of our on line training, click the log in button below. To enrol for this course click this link. AETS E-Learning, Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment.
Electrical Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment
Course Duration: 1 day (on site) 7.5 hrs. (e-learning)
Canada and the United States Regulations
CSA Standard Z460 Control of Hazardous Energy
Canadian Electrical Code / National Electric Code
CSA Z462 Workplace Electrical Safety
NFPA 70E Electrical Safety in the Work Place
Company Policy, Procedures and Practices
Electrical Maintenance and Testing
Arc Flash Hazard Awareness
Hazardous Energy Control
Working with electricity is one of the most dangerous jobs in our industry. There are 600 to 800 electrical accidents in Canada every year – not to mention related deaths. To help reduce that number, the Canadian Standards Association has come out with a new standard that deals with electrical safety.
The CSA Z462 and the NFPA 70E standards, applie to electrical workers, and provides guidance to employers on what qualifications are required for electrical work – and cautions against allowing non-qualified people inside hazard boundaries.
Electricity is toxic energy. It takes about 10 milliamps (mA) of current for your skin to start burning and blistering. At about 20 mA of current, your breathing becomes laboured and you can’t let go of the electrical circuit or tool that is giving you the shock, while 75 mA of current passing through the chest area may cause ventricular fibrillation of the heart, Ventricular fibrillation is a rapid, irregular heartbeat that can cause death in minutes. in addition, you may suffer severe burns and muscular damage – a few amps will cause irreversible body damage. While human beings are only designed to handle 5 or 6 mA, the lowest over-current at which a typical fuse or circuit breaker opens a circuit is 15,000 mA.
New to our industry, but not so new to the use of electricity is the presence of an Arc Flash and Arc Blast hazard during and electrical accident. This ever so dangerous event can cause temperatures surrounding the arc event to rise as high as 35,000 deg. F. Radiant heat energy can reach 6,000 deg. F and cause damage to unprotected workers many feet away from the arc flash. The blast pressures can reach dramatic levels that can cause immediate danger to live and health.
To be successful in our job or task we must perform a Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment for every task, document the results and communicate our findings through training. The CSA Z462 and the NFPA 70E provides a template for electrical safe work planning, and steps including, identification of all hazards, quantification of those hazards, selection of personal protective equipment and tooling based on the assessment, and documentation and communication through training.
This training program will focus on the requirements to perform a Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment using the CSA Z462 and the NFPA 70E Standards as our guide and reference manual. We will take an in-depth look at the tasks performed on electrical systems and the hazards associated with performing these tasks. You will take part in multiple work shop activities while learning the skills necessary to perform a hazard identification and risk assessment and putting them into practice.
From this training session you will learn;
- What is Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment
- Who has the responsibility to perform the Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment
- Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment Process
- Initial Risk Estimation
- Parameters used in Risk Estimation, (Severity, Frequency,Likelihood of Occurrence of Harm, Likelihood of Avoiding or Limiting Harm)
- Risk Reduction Strategies
- Risk Evaluation
- Risk Reduction Verification
- Documentation and Communication Process
Who Should Attend:
Electrical technicians, field engineers, project managers, inspectors, contractors, and journeyman electricians who depend on effective skills and knowledge required in this ever changing fast pace electrically driven environment?
On completion of this training the participant will have a better appreciation for electrical hazards. You will have learned the basic principles of applying the Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment process. You will be able to document the hazards associated with a task or job, perform an initial risk assessment, apply risk reduction strategies, and perform a risk evaluation and verification. You will have learned the necessary steps required to be able to document and communicate the results of the hazard identification and risk assessment. You will have completed multiple work shop activities by applying the skills learned during this course.
Jim Anderson, Ctech, RPT
A&E Training Services
We are an accredited partner with the Engineering Institute of Canada and therefore this course qualifies for Continuing Education Unit Credits (CEU).