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Standby person for electrical tasks and rescue guidelines for electrical incident victims

Jamil, Shahid, Gammon, Tammy, Wallis, David ORCID: and Fontaine, Michael D. 2016. Standby person for electrical tasks and rescue guidelines for electrical incident victims. Presented at: Petroleum and Chemical Industry Technical Conference (PCIC), Philadelphia, PA, USA, 19-22 Sep 2016. IEEE, 10.1109/PCICON.2016.7589220

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NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, requires that employees exposed to electric shock hazards be trained in methods of releasing persons being shocked and unable to let-go of live circuits. NFPA 70E also requires employer-designated first responders to be trained in first aid, CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), and AED (automated external defibrillator) use, if provided. OSHA 29 CFR 1910.151 might be interpreted as requiring: 1) first aid treatment within the first few minutes of injury (three to four minutes to avoid permanent impairment or death); and 2) qualified persons to be trained in first aid, CPR, and AED use. NFPA 70E's Informative Annex I checklist on job briefing and planning asks: 1) Is a standby person required and 2) Is the person CPR trained? Informational Note 2 for Section 110.1(G) on risk assessment procedures recognizes a possible need to identify the electrical tasks that require a second person (standby person) and the necessary equipment and training for a second person. In OSHA's standard for electric power generation, transmission, and distribution, 29 CFR 1910.269(l)(2) requires a second person when non-routine switching is performed on systems above 600 V. This paper discusses the standby person's qualifications and responsibilities and what electrical tasks may require a standby person. General guidelines on the rescue of victims injured in electrical incidents are also included.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Publisher: IEEE
ISBN: 978-1-5090-0346-4
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2022 13:02

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