Safety First, Last, and Always

James R. White, Shermco IndustriesColumns, Summer 2020 Columns, Tech Quiz

Everyone says they want to be safe, but when you get right down to it, some are more serious — or possibly they understand the consequences of incorrect decisions more accurately — than others. Whoever performed the repair in this photo did not have a clue what they were doing or the possible consequences of such shoddy work. Thankfully, we were called in before it arced over and caused injury or death. This Tech Quiz will help sharpen you up. You could just look these up, but first try to answer them on your own.

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1. In Section 110.1(D), NFPA 70E calls for an electrical safety program to be designed to provide two things to a worker. What are those two things?

a. Awareness of the hazards and the ability to interpret one-line diagrams

b. Self-discipline and the ability to choose the correct signs

c. The ability to interpret the hierarchy of risk control methods and choose the correct method

d. Awareness of the hazards and the self-discipline required for work containing electrical hazards

2. In Section 110.1(H), what are the three elements of a risk assessment? List all three in no particular order.

a. _______________________________

b. _______________________________

c. _______________________________

3. What is the first priority in the hierarchy of risk control methods?

a. Engineering controls

b. Substitution

c. Elimination

d. PPE

e. Awareness

f. Administrative controls

4. A job safety plan requires three things.  What are they?

a. Be completed by a qualified person, be documented, and contain the list of items listed in 110.1(I)

b. Contain the list of items listed in 110.1(I), be completed by a supervisor or manager, be documented

c. Be documented, be completed by a responsible person, and contain whatever is going to be used in the job

d. Be completed by a manager or higher, be documented, and preferably contain photos of all participating workers for identification later



James (Jim) R. White, Vice President of Training Services, has worked for Shermco Industries Inc. since 2001. He is a NFPA Certified Electrical Safety Compliance Professional and a NETA Level 4 Senior Technician. Jim is NETA’s principal member on NFPA Technical Committee NFPA 70E®, Electrical Safety in the Workplace®, NETA’s principal representative on National Electrical Code® Code-Making Panel (CMP) 13, and represents NETA on ASTM International Technical Committee F18, Electrical Protective Equipment for Workers. Jim is Shermco Industries’ principal member on NFPA Technical Committee for NFPA 70B, Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance and represents AWEA on the ANSI/ISEA Standard 203 Secondary Single-Use Flame Resistant Protective Clothing for Use Over Primary Flame Resistant Protective Clothing. An IEEE Senior Member, Jim received the IEEE/IAS/PCIC Electrical Safety Excellence Award in 2011 and NETA’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 2013. Jim was Chairman of the IEEE Electrical Safety Workshop in 2008 and is currently Vice-Chair for the IEEE IAS/PCIC Safety Subcommittee.