ES&H Manual



6200 Electrical Safety Program



1.0            Purpose


Jefferson Lab’s Electrical Safety Program provides guidance for implementing safe electrical work practices and maintaining an electrically safe workplace.


2.0            Scope


This electrical safety program describes the minimum requirements for a qualifying electrical safety inspection, electrical personal protective equipment, general electrical safety,  electrical hazard labeling used at Jefferson Lab, the electrical code equivalency procedure, and the electrical authority having jurisdiction process.


Jefferson Lab allows only trained personnel to perform electrical work. Training requirements are determined by the task assigned and are outlined in Table 1 below.


Table 1:  Required Electrical Training Courses by Job Classification

Training Course

Qualified Electronic/Electrical Worker

Licensed Electrical Worker

Qualified Electrical Inspector

SAF 104 Lock, Tag, and Try(a)




SAF 603A

Electrical Safety Awareness: Classes, Modes, etc.





Arc Flash: Live to Tell 




Beware of the Bite  




Switching of Electrical Equipment




Electrical Tradesman License




Seven Years Experience(c)




(a) Required if work involves the control of a hazardous energy.

(b) Required if work involves Mode 2 or Mode 3 work with Class 2 or Class 3 equipment (See ES&H manual chapter 6230T1 for “Determining Equipment Class and Modes”).

(c) Seven years of accumulative training, education, or experience relevant to the electrical equipment design and installation standards for the type of equipment being evaluated.






NOTE: Work performed on AC electrical equipment is covered in ES&H Manual Chapter 6220 AC Electrical Equipment Safe Work Policy.


Work performed on laboratory and research specific utilization equipment is covered in ES&H Manual Chapter 6230 Electronic Equipment Safe Work Policy.


Construction and modifications of all electronic equipment is covered in ES&H Manual Chapter 6240 Electronic Equipment - Construction and Modification Safety.


3.0            Responsibilities

NOTE:     Management authority may be delegated to a task qualified Jefferson Lab employee at the discretion of the responsible manager.


3.1              Anyone at Jefferson Lab

·         Request an inspection from a qualified electrical inspector.

·         Be aware of the electrical hazards in your workplace.

·         Perform work using electrical safe work practices.

·         Report electrical safety hazards to your Supervisor/Subcontracting Officer’s Technical Representative /Sponsor.

·         Submit a Facilities Management Work Request if new, repair, or maintenance electrical work is needed (including installation of electrical outlets).

·         Report cases of electric shock to Jefferson Lab Occupational Medicine Department (x7539).

·         Request an electrical hazard evaluation for a piece of electrical equipment or a specific electrical work task.

·         Request update, repair, or maintenance to an electrical hazard label.

·         Initiate an electrical code equivalency request using the “Electrical Code Equivalency Request” form.  


3.2              Qualified Electronic/Electrical Worker

·         Ensure electrical training is current prior to work. 

·         Wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

·         Be aware of shock approach and/or arc flash protection boundaries.

o   Select and use appropriate PPE while exposed to electrical hazards.

o   Wear no conductive articles of jewelry or clothing that could present an electrical contact hazard.

o   Ensure PPE is inspected, tested, and cared for in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions before each use.

·         Perform electrical repair or installations upon request and supervisor approval.


3.3              Qualified Electrical Inspector

·         Perform Electrical Safety Inspections in accordance with minimum requirements. 


3.4              Supervisor/Subcontracting Officer’s Technical Representative (SOTR)/Sponsor

·         Ensure only trained and qualified individuals perform electrical work.

·         Ensure appropriate PPE is available to individuals.

·         Ensure compliance with safe electrical work practices.

·         Review equipment, installation, or process to determine legitimacy of equivalency requests.


3.4.1        SOTR also:

·         Ensure subcontractors assigned electrical work submit a safety plan that includes relevant electrical training, licensing, etc., of individuals working on site, as required by their contract.


3.5              Facilities Management Electrical Engineer

·         Provide equipment specific arc flash labels marked with the available incident energy and/or required PPE level, shock approach boundaries, arc flash boundary, and the voltage level present.

·         Maintain the one-line and arc flash hazard analysis of the lab’s distribution system down to the lowest panelboard level or large utilization equipment if connected.


3.6              Electrical Safety Engineer

·         Provide an electrical PPE evaluation, upon request, for shock and arc flash hazards.

·         Administer the lab-wide electrical rated glove change out every six months.

·         Provide electrical safety hazard analyses for equipment upon request.


3.7              Electrical Authority Having Jurisdiction

·         Provide a determination for “Electrical Code Equivalency Requests.”

·         Standing member of the Electrical Safety Committee.


3.8              Environment, Safety, Health, and Quality Associate Director

·         Nominate a qualified individual for the position of Electrical Authority having Jurisdiction, in compliance with requirements.


3.9              Laboratory Director

·         Submit nomination for Electrical Authority Having Jurisdiction to Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility – Site Office (TJSO) for acceptance.

·         Upon TJSO acceptance, authorize the Electrical Authority Having Jurisdiction appointment.


4.0            Appendices


4.1              Electrical Safety Inspection Procedure

Electrical equipment meeting the criteria stated within the scope of ES&H Manual Chapter 6200 Appendix T1 Electrical Equipment Safety Inspection Procedure, require a safety inspection prior to use. This procedure provides Jefferson Lab’s minimum requirements for a qualifying electrical safety inspection and complies with the requirements of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29CFR1910.399 Electrical. 


4.2              Electrical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Selection Procedure

Electrical PPE is required for work that exposes individuals to electrical hazards such as shocks and arc flash. There are different levels of electrical PPE available. ES&H Manual Chapter 6200 Appendix T2 Electrical Personal Protective Equipment provides guidance for selecting the appropriate electrical PPE for the work being performed.


4.3              General Electrical Safety

ES&H Manual Chapter 6200 Appendix T3 General Electrical Safety  provides an overview of general electrical safe work practices to be used by everyone at Jefferson Lab. Some of the practices include: power cords; ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI); wall/blind penetration; abandoned cable management practices; portable and vehicle-mounted generators; and portable and vehicle-mounted engine-driven welding machines. It is recognized that increased awareness of these practices helps maintain an electrically safe work environment. 


4.4              Electrical Hazard Labeling

Jefferson Lab recognizes that switchboards, panelboards, industrial control panels, and motor control centers may require examination, adjustment, servicing, or maintenance while energized. To ensure the safety of qualified workers authorized to perform such activities, these items are labeled to warn of their potential shock and electric arc flash hazards. ES&H Manual Chapter 6200 Appendix T4 Electrical Hazard Labeling provides the process steps for identifying equipment which needs labeling; how to update, repair, and/or maintain equipment labeling; and gives examples of two common labels used at Jefferson Lab.


4.5              Electrical Code Equivalency Determinations

When compliance with electrical codes or standards cannot be satisfied Jefferson Lab allows alternative mitigation to be considered (as long as it provides the same or greater level of protection). ES&H Manual Chapter 6200 Appendix T5 Electrical Code Equivalency Procedure provides the process steps for initiating a request, and its review and approval, to ensure an adequate level of safety.


4.6              Electrical Authority Having Jurisdiction

ES&H Manual Chapter 6200 Appendix T6 Electrical Authority Having Jurisdiction outlines the responsibilities of the Electrical Authority Having Jurisdiction (EAHJ) position at Jefferson Lab.


5.0            Revision Summary


Revision 3.2 – 05/11/17 – Updated Table 1 to reflect current laboratory operations  

Periodic Review – 10/05/16 – No changes per TPOC

Revision 3.1 – 11/03/14 – Edits per T.Kujawa. Chapter appendices renumbered to correlate with appendices noted under 4.0 Appendices (T7 no longer exists). No substantive changes.

Revision 3.0 – 10/31/13 – Qualifying Periodic Review; updated to clarify roles of Electrical Engineer and Electrical Authority Having Jurisdiction; addition of Appendix T6 and Appendix T7.

Revision 2.1 – 11/19/10 – Added general electrical safe work practices for portable and vehicle-mounted generators to Appendix T4 per Todd Kujawa.

Revision 2.0 – 05/10/10 – Added Appendix T4 General Electrical Safety and Appendix T5 Electrical Hazard Labeling.

Revision 1.0 – 10/01/09 – Updated to reflect current laboratory operations









ESH&Q Division

Todd Kujawa





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