Electrical safety classes offered by Pellissippi State

NFPA 70E requirements. LOTO compliancy practices. PPE applications and care. To some, this may all sound like alphabet soup. For area professionals tasked with maintaining electrical safety in the workplace, however, these acronyms are crucial topics of study.

In January, those professionals can learn even more about their trade by taking one of three electrical safety classes being offered by Pellissippi State Community College.

“Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace” courses focus on the National Fire Protection Association’s 70E requirements. Originally developed at the request of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, NFPA 70E helps companies and employees avoid workplace injuries and fatalities due to shock, electrocution, arc flash, and arc blast.

The courses cover the requirements for safe work practices that protect personnel by reducing exposure to major electrical hazards. Included is information on topics such as lockout/tagout practices (LOTO) and personal protective equipment (PPE).

The non-credit courses are being offered through Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division. Students may elect to enroll in any of three versions of the course: refresher, standard or train the trainer.

Early registration is encouraged. All classes meet at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus.

“Refresher Course” (4 hours)—Jan. 30, 8-noon; $249. Areas covered include but are not limited to safety-related work practices, flash and shock protection boundaries, training requirements, determination of LOTO compliancy practices, and NFPA 70E 2012 changes.

“Standard Course” (8 hours)—Jan. 31, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; $499. Areas covered include but are not limited to introduction to NFPA 70E and OSHA 1910.331-335, flash and shock protection boundaries, site-specific applications and work practices, determination of LOTO compliancy practices, PPE applications and care, and NFPA 70E 2012 changes.

“Train the Trainer” (32 hours)—Jan. 22-25, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; $3,000. This course is applicable for all supervisors, mechanics, engineers, safety personnel and management. “Train the Trainer” enables the student to train a workplace team. Areas covered include but are not limited to safe work practice programs, hazard recognition and mitigation.

For information or registration, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call (865) 539-7167. The BCS website lists the latest class schedules and information on new course offerings.