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Qualified Person (Electrical)

Last updated: November 9, 2020

What Does Qualified Person (Electrical) Mean?

A qualified person (electrical equipment) is a person who has received training in, and has demonstrated skills and knowledge in the construction and operation of electrical equipment and installations. The person must also be well aware of the hazards involved. It is an OSHA requirement that only qualified persons work on or around energized circuits or equipment. The definition of a qualified person will depend on the unique circumstances in each workplace. The person may, in fact, be qualified with regard to some equipment and not other.

Safeopedia Explains Qualified Person (Electrical)

In the case where an employee is undergoing on the job training, and has demonstrated the ability to perform the duties safely at his level of training, he shall be considered a qualified person, as long as he is under the direct supervision of a qualified person.

Qualified persons must be trained in the skills and techniques necessary to distinguish exposed live parts from other parts, and to ascertain the nominal voltage of exposed parts.


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