Construction Subcontractor Qualified Electrical Worker Request

You have indicated that your company would like to be approved to perform their own electrical work for the purposes of working at Berkeley Lab.

All construction subcontractors who perform electrical work as defined in Work Process D:( shall be required to be accepted by the Electrical Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) for Safe Work Practices as Subcontractor Qualified Electrical Workers (QEWs). This includes both live and deenergized work for installing, building, servicing, maintaining, and repairing equipment.

A QEW is required for all connected work, even if under Lockout/Tagout (LOTO). This is because they need to know how and when to Test Before Touch for themselves.

The following steps will need to be completed for any company to be approved to perform electrical work at LBNL:

1 Construction Subcontractors must have an established JHA in accordance with the Berkeley Lab Sub-Contractor Construction – This process will trigger the requirement for a Subcontractor LOTO Permit or Energized Electrical Work Permit. Your LBNL P/M, C/M or LBNL contact can guide you thru this process.

2. Subcontractors must submit their Electrical Safety Program, This will be evaluated for conformance to NFPA 70E (2012 or later) and suitable controls for the type of work to be performed. Specific attention will be paid to the following areas:
- QEW approval process
- QEW training content and periodicity
- Shock approach boundaries and PPE selection
- Arc flash boundaries and PPE selection
- Voltage glove testing program
Regulatory requirement [2012 NFPA 70E 110.3]

3. Your company must provide documentation for each employee that will be applying for Qualified Electrical Worker (QEW) status. See section titled "Employee Documentation" below.
Regulatory requirement [2012 NFPA 70E 110.2]

These requirements cascade down to all sub-tiered contractors of a general contractor, including vendors, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) representatives, etc.

Sub-tiered contractors and others may apply for AHJ acceptance under another subcontractor’s electrical safety program only if they were trained and qualified by that subcontractor under the same plan. If this is not the case, then the sub-tiered contractors must also submit their own electrical safety program for review.

Full text of requirements can be found in Pub. 3000, Chapter 8, Work Process F:

Please remember, you are NOT qualified for electrical work until you have been formally authorized by the ESG and by your PM/CM or other Authorized Project Lead. Once authorized, you will be added to the Subcontractor QEW Database managed by the LBNL ESG.

Please provide some information about your company and your company Electrical Safety Plan/Program.

Phone number and email of the subcontractor’s safety representative who can address questions and concerns that might come up during the course of work at Berkeley Lab.

In order to verify construction subcontractor QEW credentials, the subcontractor employer shall provide documentation for each employees who is applying. These will then be reviewed by the Electrical AHJ for Safe Work Practices.

For any employee that will be performing work as a QEW, you MUST attach a statement of electrical qualifications ON COMPANY LETTERHEAD, and signed by appropriate management. You can download a statement template here:

For each employee applying, please attach proof of training with date and hours taken. The training shall consist of classroom or on-the-job instruction, a minimum of 8 hours, and taken within the last 36 months. Training shall also include a practical demonstration of the absence of voltage verification, with the selection of an appropriately rated voltage detector and appropriately rated PPE.

A minimum of 50% of QEWs from any given subcontractor on any given scope of work must be current in CPR/FA. In all cases, there shall be at least one Subcontractor QEW with current First Aid/CPR/AED training available to provide rescue in the case of an incident. Further, CPR/AED training shall comply with the American Heart Association or American Red Cross CPR and AED guidelines and shall include a competency demonstration of skills on a manikin, directly observed by an instructor (see California Code of Regulations [CCR] Title 22 Division 9 Sections 100038 and 100039).

Please submit the requested documents here

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