Electrical Hazards Awareness Program

Electrical Hazards Awareness ProgramElectricity is a serious and widespread hazard to arborists. In fact, electricity causes about 15 percent of all fatalities in the tree care industry, making it the leading cause of worker fatalities.

Since even a street lamp circuit or phone line can be energized with enough voltage to kill, almost all arborists in the field have at least some exposure to this hazard. In fact, workers don’t even have to touch a wire to be electrocuted – about half of all electrocution fatalities are the result of indirect contact. Tree branches and other conductive objects are an ever-present threat for the industry.

All arborists must be trained to recognize and avoid these electrical hazards. Qualified line-clearance arborists must have additional knowledge about electrical hazards and the special techniques used to work safely near electrical conductors.

TCIA’s Electrical Hazards Awareness Program (EHAP) is a great way to keep workers safe, ensure OSHA compliance and document training.

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EHAP will augment your work in three areas:

OSHA Safety Requirements

EHAP helps you meet the OSHA 1910.269 safety standard, which requires:

  • Employer-certified training
    Employers must certify that employees who work 10 feet or closer to energized conductors are trained in the special hazards involved in such work.
  • On-the-job training and verification
    Employers must verify through documented, on-the-job training and verification that these employees have the skills necessary to perform line-clearance job tasks safely.

EHAP must be used in combination with documented on-the-job skills training and verification to meet OSHA 1910.269 requirements.

ANSI Safety Requirements
The ANSI Z133.1 safety standard for arboricultural operations requires all employees be trained to recognize electrical hazards. EHAP training meets the ANSI Z133.1 training requirement.

Storm Cleanup
EHAP is often required by the US Army Corps of Engineers in order to qualify for storm-related clean-ups. They have recognized the importance of the EHAP training program dating back to Hurricane Katrina.

The EHAP Process

  1. Enroll
    Candidates have two options:
    1. Complete the EHAP full online program. This includes all required videos. A copy of the ANSI Z133.1 safety standards will be mailed.
    2. Candidates should first order the EHAP Kit (available in English and Spanish), which includes an EHAP training manual with six chapter tests and verification forms and a copy of ANSI Z133.1 safety standards. In order to complete EHAP training with the manual, viewing of the Electrical Hazards and Trees Video and the Aerial Rescue Training Program Video is required.
  2. Train
    Candidates must then complete the following requirements of the EHAP training program:
    • Pass six chapter tests with a grade of 85% or better
    • Provide proof of watching the Electrical Hazards and Trees video and the Aerial Rescue video (this is not required for full online program)
    • Provide proof of performing a practice aerial rescue (climbing or aerial lift) from a height of at least 35′
    • Provide a copy of valid First Aid/CPR cards
  3. Certify
    Once a candidate has completed training and provided all necessary documentation, a certificate of completion will be awarded through Brightspace, our online learning platform. Certificate is valid for one year from date of completion. They will also receive a helmet decal and wallet card with renewal date.
  4. Renew
    Annual renewal of EHAP is required following initial program completion. Learn more about EHAP renewal.

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