On-Line NFPA 70E Training
Not a good way to save money
You may hear all kinds of reasons why some people think it is OK to use on-line training. We are going to give you the facts and some potential scenarios. You owe it to yourself, your employees, and your company to know the facts. Then you can make an educated decision.
CFR 29 is the law in the United States.
2015 NFPA 70E 110.2 B says, “The training required by this section shall be classroom, on-the-job, or a combination of the two.” OSHA and US Courts use NFPA 70E as The Standard to decide if electrical work is being performed safely.
OSHA 2254-09R 2015 Subpart S – Electrical Safety-Related Work Practices says, “The training required by this section shall be of the classroom or on-the-job type.”
It is not difficult to find a company or even NFPA offering on-line training. They may tell you it is OK or good enough. You may even find someone from OSHA who will tell you it is good enough. The problem is they do not and will not assume your liability if things go terribly wrong. A jury looking at a grieving widow may come to a decision that you were wrong and therefore willfully negligent. It is not uncommon for a jury to find an employer liable for millions of dollars in damages. If you are a small company the damages may exceed your insurance coverage. Then what?
The choice is yours. You may get away with it, however…
We sincerely hope you are never involved with a serious electrical contact, electrocution, or Arc Flash & Arc Blast accident, but they do happen. When they do, they often create very serious and expensive consequences. It simply is not worth taking chances.
Please note: when an employer does not do their part and knowingly sends an un-qualified person into a dangerous situation and they get hurt or killed, OSHA can and has filed criminal charges. This could be a felony conviction for you not the company!