This course provides the academic component for certification of apprentices to work energized distribution. Focus is placed on safety principles associated with rubber-glove or hot-stick work; the course can be tailored to meet the needs of companies that employ one or both methods. Additional emphasis is placed on hot-work strategies, OSHA regulations, and job-hazard analysis. Successful completion of a written exam is necessary for certification. Note: The maximum class size per training session for Year Three is reduced to eight apprentices, to enhance focus on the principles of energized work.
This course focuses on demonstration of the principles of energized work, such as insulation, isolation, and protection from the second point of contact. Particular emphasis is placed on job briefings, inspecting protective equipment/tools, application and removal of cover-up, and identifying hazards. Demonstration and completion of all competencies are required to earn certification.
This series of courses certifies (or re-certifies) apprentices in compliance with federal OSHA 1910.269 requirements for training. In addition to classroom discussion, apprentices are required to perform simulated rescues to achieve competency.
As apprentices continue to gain knowledge and experience, the list of qualifications continues to increase, including energized work. This session continues to use formal assessments to focus on the safety, attitude, and professionalism consistent with level-three apprentices.