Environmental, Health and Safety Services

Program Summary

Applies to:

This program applies to personnel who face a risk of electrical shock or related injuries from work on energized electrical systems of 50 volts (ac or dc) or more. Personnel working on or near energized electrical systems must be "qualified". This program sets forth the policy for working on energized systems and the process by which personnel become "qualified". This program relies heavily on the 2021 edition of the National Fire Protection Association's 70E, Handbook for Electrical Safety in the Workplace.

Note: Electrical research operations must be supervised by a "qualified person", and where personnel may be exposed to shock or arc-flash events, additional training is required. The design and use of electrical research systems must comply with the requirements of this program.


  • New electrical wiring, the modification, extension, or replacement of existing wiring must conform to the requirements of the National Electric Code (NEC), the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code and Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA). Requirements and oversight are provided by the Virginia Tech Office of the University Building Official.
  • All personnel who face a risk of electrical shock, burns or related injuries must be trained in electrical safe work practices and be "qualified".
  • Awareness level training is available for "unqualified" persons who use extension cords, GFCIs, or where more information regarding basic electrical hazards and controls is desired.
  • Qualified Persons must attend EHS Electrical Qualified Person or Electrical for Research training on hazard controls and electrical personal protective equipment as part of the qualification process. Additional training includes:
    • Lockout/Tagout Authorized Person
    • First Aid/CPR/AED