Electric Utilities and Telecom Training & Certification
Hard Hat Training courses meet all training requirements set by OSHA.
We Offer Three Types of Electric Utilities and Telecom Safety Trainings
Our regulation-aligned Electric Utilities and Telecommunications certification courses are updated to reflect the most recent changes made to safety standards. Whether you want a certification in as little as two hours, or a more robust training, we can help! We offer online trainings that can be completed in a day, DIY training kits that provide training materials, Train the Trainer certifications that certify individuals to train others and provide training materials, or onsite training. No matter what you choose, we can get you what you want, at a price you can afford.
Online training is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location and/or for employers who need to assign and monitor employee training progress and exam scores.Purchase Options
The training kit is for those who want the freedom of doing the training themselves. It is an PowerPoint Presentation (PPT) that you can present yourself to a group of trainees.Purchase Options
Train the Trainer
Train the Trainer courses are online and meant to certify a individual to use the training kit to train others. Training kit and materials are included with the Train the Trainer online course for no additional cost.Purchase Options
What’s in the Electric Utilities and Telecom Training Course?
Our Electrical Utilities and Telecom training course is OSHA Aligned, and our online version fulfills OSHA’s classroom training requirement. This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam as required by OSHA.
- General knowledge
- Safe Operations
- Hierarchy of Controls
- Field Work
- Emergency Response
- Investigated Case Studies
- Understand the procedures and standards related to electric utilities
- Learn definitions of common terms and equipment related to electric utilities
- Learn how to perform a job hazard analysis
- Understand how to use safety controls, lockout/tagout procedures, and PPE
- Learn how to perform field work safely
- Understand emergency response procedures
Electric Utilities and Telecommunications Certification Standards
- 29 CFR 1910.268 – Telecommunications
- Subpart R
- 29 CFR 1910.269 – Electric Power Generation, Transmission,
- 29 CFR 1926 Subpart V – Electric Power Transmission
- 964 – Overhead Lines and Live-line Barehand Work
- 1926 Subpart V App D – Methods of Inspecting and Testing Wood Poles
- 29 CFR 1926.957 – Live-line Tools
- 29 CFR 1926.965 – Underground Electrical Installations
Train the Trainer Certification
The Train the Trainer option is used to certify a trainer to teach others using the included training kit. It incorporates the online course with an additional train the trainer module, as well as the training kit. This option results in an regulation-aligned lifetime trainer certification from Hard Hat Training. This certification is not company-specific, meaning you can take it with you should you change employers.
Why Do I Need Electric Utilities and Telecom Safety Training?
In line with regulations, any employee who works at electric utility or telecommunications facilities must receive training prior to operating the machine on their own. Requirements for refresher training related to forklifts or other processes are very specific. Most other equipment doesn’t have such specific requirements, but it’s wise to follow the same guidelines.
When it comes to refresher training, the standards in some instances (like forklifts) are very specific: operators must be re-evaluated every three years to see if they are still competent to operate the equipment. Best practices say to apply this same rule to all types of equipment. A so-called “free-pass” cannot be awarded based on experience, age, or time on the job. The extent of the evaluation is to be determined by the employer but should include a written and practical examination that prove continued competency.
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Did You Know?
Falls are the leading cause of death in the U.S., killing more than 200 U.S. construction workers annually.
1,380 workers were injured operating an aerial or scissor lift from 2011-2014.
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From 2011-2014, 87 workers died while operating a scissor lift. (Source: CDC).
An average of 26 construction workers die each year from using aerial lifts. (Source: eLCOSH.org).
NIOSH uses the term ‘aerial lifts’ as an overarching term to capture multiple types of lifts, such as scissor lifts and boom lifts. It is important to note that both OSHA and ANSI standards vary for different types of lifts. (Source: CDC.gov).
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is lockout/tagout important for electrical equipment?
Lockout/tagout (LOTO) for electrical equipment is a process that ensures the proper shutdown of electrical systems like switches, plugs, and circuit breakers. LOTO also applies to machines and equipment. Employers must have a written LOTO program that outlines procedures for their electrical systems. This helps to prevent electrical accidents and injuries.
What is guarding?
Guarding refers to a type of engineering control where barriers are installed at a worksite to restrict access to hazards. It also refers to the minimum clearance zones established to keep people away from these hazards.
What types of equipment are used for electrical utilities and telecommunications work?
When performing electric utilities and telecommunications work, you will use many different types of tools and machinery. This includes heavy equipment, aerial lifts, insulated tools and equipment, portable generators, hand and power tools, and ladders.
What is grounding?
Grounding is the practice of attaching a conductive element to an electrical circuit to redirect the current to the earth. When done intentionally, a worker connects energized lines, equipment, and other electrical conductors to a safety ground. This redirects the current away from themselves and prevents possible exposure to hazards.