e-Hazard’s Train the Trainer (TTT) Program for Low Voltage (LV) and High Voltage (HV) is a four-day course encompassing potential electrical hazards in the workplace, how to mitigate those hazards, and what it means to be LV and HV Qualified. The material is based on NFPA 70E® and OSHA. The Low Voltage class covers 50-600V AC. The High Voltage class covers 601V-69KV AC.
The 1910.269 TTT is a 12-hour class designed specifically for the needs of utility workers working with or near low or high voltage lines or equipment, or for workers who manage individuals in these environments. The material is in accordance with the NESC and OSHA 1910.269 standards.
Both TTT programs include practical protection strategies, best practices in arc flash, and current information on PPE.
In both programs, an e-Hazard instructor presents e-Hazard material containing the previously mentioned information using student books and PowerPoint slides that contain our exclusive videos. After this instruction, all attendees are required to present their assigned portions of the material. These assignments will be e-mailed in advance of class, and students will teach from the exact same presentation the e-Hazard instructor taught from. They will also be allowed to use the instructor’s equipment (computer, clicker, etc.) to do their presentations.
There are strong benefits in requiring attendees to present a portion of the material. Necessarily, they must become more familiar with the material. They’ve seen the material presented already, and subsequently they are given opportunity to practice implementing their own style of teaching. As the technical expert, the e-Hazard instructor will evaluate and provide feedback to the students to make sure they understand the material and concepts.
A big part of the program is allowing our TTT students to use e-Hazard’s proprietary material. One advantage to this is that everyone, experienced and inexperienced instructors alike, will be teaching the material for the first time and will be evaluated only on the new material. A second advantage to using e-Hazard material is that no one will have to “reinvent the wheel” when it comes to developing an electrical safety class; our materials are ready to use. Once class is over, to make sure all trainers are teaching consistently no matter where they are, we keep the programs up to date with the latest standard changes.
Finally, teaching in front of industry peers gives each participant the opportunity to sharpen his or her skills in public speaking. Each presentation will receive feedback not only from the e-Hazard instructor but from all participants also, which will be given confidentially to the presenter in written form.
A TTT attendee should be a qualified electrical worker or should have electrical experience. He or she should also be someone who is willing to teach electrical safety, regardless of whether he or she has taught before. People who have attended in the past have been safety directors, plant managers, engineers, and electricians. Many independent contractors have attended as well.
Some people who complete our TTT program have had teaching experience, but there have been many who had very little or no experience. They certainly had more new information to think about as they gave their presentations, but they were not necessarily unqualified to teach. It’s more about what an individual is willing to learn and change to acquire a new skill set.
e-Hazard instructors are industry leaders who have worked in various electrical capacities, and their experiences have taught them what works and what doesn’t. They also continue to learn from others in the electrical industry. Those practical, shared experiences are communicated in our classes to the TTT attendees, who can then pass them on to workers at their own companies. In addition, some of our experts sit on the committees that write the standards, helping everyone that comes through TTT understand the reasons behind the standards.
In-class participation provides some interesting discussion in our classes. Our students come with vast experience and knowledge, and their questions and stories often spark some interesting conversation. Many times, at our open TTT classes, attendees exchange business cards to be able to connect after class is over.
As mentioned before, attendees are allowed to use e-Hazard’s proprietary teaching materials. Pursuant to signing our License Agreement, attendees take home an up-to-date copy of our student books, an instructor’s manual, and a thumb drive containing the Power Point slides and other resources.
An important benefit allows TTT graduates to have access to any updates on e-Hazard material as long as they are still working within the parameters of the License Agreement. This access will keep them current on any changes in the e-Hazard material. Our materials are constantly being tweaked from the feedback we receive from our instructors and students. Major changes in content will come every three years, the same years as the NFPA 70E® revision cycle. For example, this year (2017) will see changes in our material that cover the 2018 NFPA 70E® updates.
Assess the situation at your workplace. If you have many workers, multiple shifts, or more than one physical location, it might be more cost effective to send a few people to a TTT class who can then train all your employees within your company’s schedule. You will have more control to decide who gets trained at what time.
TTT graduates who have taken the LV/HV classes will be able to also teach the Operator’s Awareness class to non-electrical workers. (This 2-hour class does not require the purchase of student books; LV, HV and 1910.269 classes do.)
Peruse our website to learn more on electrical safety training. You can also call our office to talk to someone who can help you with any specific issues or questions: (502) 716-7073.