Adanac Electric Inc. (905) 824 7884

"Canadian electrical workers are exposed to many daily hazards in the course of their work. Even so, until now there have been very few Canadian (i.e. Federal or Provincial) guidelines, Standards or Acts published to assist employers and employees to more effectively manage the electrical safety hazards or even to determine who is qualified to perform electrical work.

For this reason, CSA has launched CSA Z462 - "Electrical Safety in the Workplace", the long-awaited Canadian National voluntary Standard on electrical safety work practices for certain sectors.

CSA Z462 specifies requirements for and provides guidance on safety management systems and safe work procedures for persons working on electrical equipment and electrical systems. It also provides direction on the selection of personal protective equipment and other safety devices for electrical workers and maintenance personnel. In addition, this Standard sets out criteria for the identification and training of qualified electrical workers and for determination of hazardous work to be performed only by those qualified individuals.

CSA Z462 sets a new standard for Electrical Safety Training in Canada. It states that electrical workers "shall be trained in safety-related work practices and procedural requirements as necessary to provide protection from the electrical hazards associated with their respective job or task assignments. Workers shall be trained to identify and understand the relationship between electrical hazards and possible injury."

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