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    Title:

    Electrical Safety

    Publication date:

    2/17/2022

    Effective date:

    7/1/2015

    BRIEF

    Policy Summary

    The Electrical Safety Program at Berkeley Lab protects Laboratory employees, visitors, and subcontractors by:

    • Managing electrical hazards
    • Establishing qualifications for performing electrical work
    • Providing electrical safety training
    • Requiring an electrically safe work condition before performing electrical work while defining allowed exceptions

    Who Should Read This Policy

    All Berkeley Lab employees, visitors, affiliates, and subcontractors

    To Read the Full Policy, Go To:

    The POLICY tab on this wiki page

    To Read the ES&H Program Details, Go To:

    http://www.lbl.gov/ehs/pub3000/CH08/CH8.html

    Contact Information

    Electrical Safety Program Manager
    EHS Division / Electrical Safety Group

    Title:

    Electrical Safety

    Publication date:

    2/17/2022

    Effective date:

    7/1/2015

    POLICY

    A. Purpose

    The purpose of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) Electrical Safety Program is to specify the minimum requirements for identifying and controlling electrical hazards to prevent fatalities and injuries to personnel from working on or around hazardous electrical energy.

    B. Persons Affected

    All Berkeley Lab employees, visitors, affiliates, and subcontractors

    C. Exceptions

    Exceptions to this policy must be approved by the Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Division Director and the Electrical AHJ for Safe Work Practices.

    D. Policy Statement

    1. The policy of Berkeley Lab is to implement the requirements of NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, 2018 Edition.
      1. All electrical facilities and equipment shall be installed, operated, and maintained in a safe manner.
      2. All work involving electrical energy shall be performed in a safe manner.
      3. The primary safe work practice is to establish an electrically safe work condition.
    2. Qualified Electrical Workers:
      1. Electrical work shall only be performed by Qualified Electrical Workers, with approved equipment and PPE, using the Electrical Safe Work Practices outlined in the Electrical Safety Program.
      2. Management is accountable for ensuring that only Qualified Electrical Workers perform work on electrical equipment, and for ensuring that Qualified Electrical Workers have the required work planning and authorization, training, equipment, and PPE specified in the Electrical Safety Program.
      3. All personnel asked to perform electrical work have a duty to refuse if they are not qualified or if they feel they have not received the work planning and authorization, training, equipment, and PPE specified to perform the work safely.
      4. All personnel are asked to stop work in accordance with the Stop Work Policy in the event of any real or perceived imminent hazard.
    3. Energized Work:
      1. All electrical repair work shall be performed deenergized and in an electrically safe work condition, unless approved by an Energized Electrical Work Permit.
      2. Performing energized electrical repair work under an Energized Electrical Work Permit shall require additional justification and shall only be approved in extraordinary circumstances and as a last resort. In addition, no person shall be required, against his or her will, to perform energized repair work that requires an Energized Electrical Work Permit.
    4. Violation of these principles shall be reported immediately to line management, the Electrical Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) for Safe Work Practices, or the Electrical Safety Committee.

    E. Roles and Responsibilities

    Roles and Responsibilities for Electrical Safety can be found in Section 8.5 of the Electrical Safety Program.

    F. Definitions/Acronyms

    Definitions and Acronyms can be found in Section 8.6 of the Electrical Safety Program.

    G. Recordkeeping Requirements

    Energized Electrical Work Permits (EEWPs) are maintained in the EHS EEWP Database for at least three years. The Arc Flash Hazard Analysis is maintained as a building record by the Facilities Division. An up-to-date set of documentation adequate for operation, maintenance, testing, and safety should be available to anyone working on potentially hazardous equipment. Obsolete drawings should be marked as obsolete and, if maintained, kept in a "Dead File." Be certain that active file drawings have the latest corrections. All facilities drawings are to be archived with the Facilities Records Analyst and Control Specialist.

    H. Implementing Documents

    Document number

    Title

    Type

    07.07.011.001

    Electrical Safety Program

    Program

    07.07.011.002

    Electrical Safety, Work Process A, Electrical Safety Program Structure

    Work Process

    07.07.011.003

    Electrical Safety, Work Process B, Electrical Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ)

    Work Process

    07.07.011.004

    Electrical Safety, Work Process C, Application of ISM to Electrical Safety

    Work Process

    07.07.011.005

    Electrical Safety, Work Process D, Electrical Work and Requirement for a Qualified Electrical Worker (QEW)

    Work Process

    07.07.011.006

    Electrical Safety, Work Process E, AHJ Approval of Berkeley Lab QEWs

    Work Process

    07.07.011.007

    Electrical Safety, Work Process F, AHJ Acceptance of Construction Subcontractor QEWs

    Work Process

    07.07.011.008

    Electrical Safety, Work Process G, AHJ Acceptance of Non-Construction Subcontractor QEWs

    Work Process

    07.07.011.009

    Electrical Safety, Work Process H, Performance of Electrical Work by Subcontractor QEWs

    Work Process

    07.07.011.010

    Electrical Safety, Work Process I, Electrical Safety Training for Berkeley Lab QEWs

    Work Process

    07.07.011.011

    Electrical Safety, Work Process J, Electrical Safety Training for Non-QEWs

    Work Process

    07.07.011.012

    Electrical Safety, Work Process K, Electrical Incident Emergency Response

    Work Process

    07.07.011.013

    Electrical Safety, Work Process L, Working on Cord-and-Plug Equipment

    Work Process

    n/a

    Electrical Safety Manual

    Manual

    07.07.020.001

    Lockout/Tagout Program

    Program

    07.07.033.001

    Electrical Equipment Safety Program

    Program

    07.12.001.000

    Safe Electrical Installations Policy

    Policy

    I. Contact Information

    Electrical Safety Program Manager
    EHS Division / Electrical Safety Group

    J. Revision History

    Date

    Revision

    By whom

    Revision Description

    Section(s) affected

    Change Type

    1/2/2012

    0

    M. Scott

    Reformat for wiki (brief)

    all

    Minor

    9/30/2013

    1

    M. Scott

    Reformat for wiki (policy)

    all

    Minor

    8/20/2015

    2

    M. Scott

    Complete Revision

    All

    Major

    2/17/2017 2.1 M. Scott Change to definition of QEW supervisor F Minor
    3/6/2017 2.2 M. Stoufer

    "Chief Operating Officer" position title updated to "Deputy Director for Operations"

    All Editorial
    2/17/2022 2.3 A. Harding Periodic review: editorial changes and contact info update; no policy revisions All Editorial

    DOCUMENT INFORMATION

    Title:

    Electrical Safety

    Document number

    07.07.011.000

    Revision number

    2.3

    Publication date:

    2/17/2022

    Effective date:

    7/1/2015

    Next review date:

    2/17/2027

    Policy Area:

    Industrial Hygiene and Safety

    RPM Section (home)

    ESH

    RPM Section (cross-reference)

    none

    Functional Division

    EHS

    Prior reference information (optional)

    ES&H Manual, Chapter 8

    Source Requirements Documents

    • 10 CFR 851.21, Hazard Identification and Assessment
    • 29 CFR 1910 Subpart S, Electrical
    • 29 CFR 1926 Subpart K, Electrical
    • NFPA 70, National Electrical Code (NEC)
    • NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace

    Implementing Documents

    Document number

    Title

    Type

    07.07.011.001

    Electrical Safety

    Program

    07.07.011.002

    Electrical Safety, Work Process A, Electrical Safety Program Structure

    Work Process

    07.07.011.003

    Electrical Safety, Work Process B, Electrical Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ)

    Work Process

    07.07.011.004

    Electrical Safety, Work Process C, Application of ISM to Electrical Safety

    Work Process

    07.07.011.005

    Electrical Safety, Work Process D, Electrical Work and Requirement for a Qualified Electrical Worker (QEW)

    Work Process

    07.07.011.006

    Electrical Safety, Work Process E, AHJ Approval of Berkeley Lab QEWs

    Work Process

    07.07.011.007

    Electrical Safety, Work Process F, AHJ Acceptance of Construction Subcontractor QEWs

    Work Process

    07.07.011.008

    Electrical Safety, Work Process G, AHJ Acceptance of Non-Construction Subcontractor QEWs

    Work Process

    07.07.011.009

    Electrical Safety, Work Process H, Performance of Electrical Work by Subcontractor QEWs

    Work Process

    07.07.011.010

    Electrical Safety, Work Process I, Electrical Safety Training for Berkeley Lab QEWs

    Work Process

    07.07.011.011

    Electrical Safety, Work Process J, Electrical Safety Training for Non-QEWs

    Work Process

    07.07.011.012

    Electrical Safety, Work Process K, Electrical Incident Emergency Response

    Work Process

    07.07.011.013

    Electrical Safety, Work Process L, Working on Cord-and-Plug Equipment

    Work Process


    Electrical Safety Manual

    Manual

    07.07.020.001

    Lockout/Tagout Program

    Program

    07.07.033.001

    Electrical Equipment Safety Program

    Program

    07.12.001.000

    Safe Electrical Installations Policy

    Policy

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