The Importance of Annual Field Audits
Over the past 20 years, we have seen massive change in electrical safety culture across the manufacturing, commercial, hospital, and institutional industries. Arc flash labels and warning labels have alerted the workers of the specific extent of the hazard and electrical safety training has created awareness. There is still room for improvement!
One specific aspect of an electrical safety program that will improve workplace compliance with OSHA, NFPA 70E, and other pertinent electrical codes & standards is Annual Field Audits. As many of you know, when it concerns OSHA, if it isn’t documented, it didn’t happen! NFPA 70E requires annual field audits in Article 110.1(K)(2):
“Field Work Audit. Field work shall be audited to verify that the requirements contained in the procedures of the electrical safety program are being followed. When the auditing determines that the principles and procedures of the electrical safety program are not being followed, the appropriate revisions to the training program or revisions to the procedures shall be made. Audits shall be performed at intervals not to exceed 1 year.”
When we develop a custom electrical safety program, we will create field audit checklists for your electrical workers. Typically, we find that there are 2-3 different ‘levels’ of qualified workers in a facility; therefore, each ‘level’ of worker should be audited to different criteria. For example, Line Operators may be at Level 1, Maintenance Technicians may be Level 2, and Electricians may be Level 3.
If you have questions as to how we may assist you in determining these ‘levels’ and the corresponding field audits for these qualified electrical workers, contact us for a free consultation!