Continuing Education: Electrical Field Safety Representative Class A, B, C syllabus

Syllabus available to training providers

Technical Safety BC is making the Electrical Field Safety Representative Continuing Education Syllabus available to training providers in advance of opening the application intake process for course recognition, which will commence on October 28, 2019. Please note that Technical Safety BC will only begin accepting applications after this date.

Date: August 30, 2019

1.1 PURPOSE

The purpose of this syllabus is to set the standard for:

  • the curriculum development of an eight-hour Field Safety Representative (FSR) continuing education course; and
  • the challenge exam.

This syllabus provides content on all the learning tasks Technical Safety BC requires training providers to cover in the continuing education course.

FSRs who choose to self-study can also use the syllabus to guide their individual learning.

2.1 SCOPE OF SYLLABUS

  • Updates to Safety Standards Act, Safety Standards General Regulation, Electrical Safety Regulation and Directives
  • Updates to BC Electrical Code: based on the adoption of the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I, Twenty-fourth Edition, Safety Standard for Electrical Installations, Canadian Standards Association Standard C22.1-18
  • Applicable to the following: FSR Class A; FSR Class B; and FSR Class C

3.1 REQUIREMENTS

Before FSRs renew their certificates of qualification in 2021, they will need to:

  • Complete training that has been recognized by Technical Safety BC; or
  • Self-study and successfully challenge a Technical Safety BC exam. FSRs who do not successfully pass the exam must complete training prior to renewing in 2021.

If an FSR cannot demonstrate these requirements have been met prior to renewal, their certificate of qualification will become invalid and they will need to apply to have their certificate of qualification re-issued. Depending on the amount of lapsed time, additional requirements may apply.

3.2 COURSE RECOGNITION

Training providers shall apply to have their course recognized. The application process requires the submission of the following:

  • List of instructors, including their names, years of trade experience, and years of teaching experience
  • Qualifications of instructors, including copies of trade qualifications and teaching qualifications
  • Course outline and lesson plan
  • Course delivery method
  • Course material, which may include presentations and handouts
  • Sample record of course completion

IMPORTANT: Technical Safety BC assumes all training providers have permission to use CSA Group materials – in whole or in part. This includes use of clauses, figures, tables, and definitions from standards and related documents.

3.3 SUGGESTED TIME ALLOCATION

The continuing education course is meant to be delivered over a minimum of eight hours. The time allocation per subject area is meant to be broken down as follows:

Section 4.1 SAFETY STANDARDS ACT, SAFETY STANDARDS GENERAL REGULATION, ELECTRICAL SAFETY REGULATION, AND DIRECTIVES

10%

Section 4.2 THE BRITISH COLUMBIA ELECTRICAL CODE

90%

SUBJECT AREAS OF STUDY

4.1 SAFETY STANDARDS ACT, SAFETY STANDARDS GENERAL REGULATION, ELECTRICAL SAFETY REGULATION, AND DIRECTIVES

4.1.1 Safety Standards Act

  1. Explain changes to Section 71.1 (1) related to having appropriate permission when offering to perform regulated work

4.1.2 Safety Standards General Regulations

  1. Explain changes to Section 35 related to giving declarations of compliance

4.1.3 Electrical Safety Regulation

  1. Explain the addition of Electrical Safety Regulations (ESR) Part 1, Division 2, 10.1 Renewing certificates of qualification as a field safety representative
  2. Describe ESR Section 12 (1) definition of “main consumer service”
  3. Explain the adoption found within ESR Section 20
  4. Describe ESR Section 22 definition of “hazardous location”
  5. Describe the change in ESR Schedule, Section 1 (b) through (g)

4.1.4 Directives

  1. Describe the most current publication of the Directives as they apply to the Safety Standards Act, Safety Standards General Regulation, Electrical Safety Regulation, and BC Electrical Code.

4.2 THE BRITISH COLUMBIA ELECTRICAL CODE                        

4.2.1 Section 0 - Object, Scope and Definitions

  1. Describe the additions and changes of applicable definitions and terms

4.2.2 Section 2 - General Rules

  1. Describe the additions and changes of applicable definitions and terms
  2. Explain the changes to the work space for, but not limited to, electrical equipment and transformers
  3. Explain the changes to marking and labeling as they relate to this section

4.2.3 Section 4 – Conductors

  1. Describe the additions and changes of applicable definitions and terms
  2. List the changes between Section 4 and Section 12
  3. List the changes between Section 4 and Section 8
  4. Describe the installation of an identified conductor
  5. Explain the changes for installation and connections of conductors, cables and cablebus
  6. Explain the additions, revisions, clarifications and updates to tables, table notes and references to the tables
    1. Apply changes to the following tables that relate to Section 4 (not limited to this list): Table 5A,11, 12, 16, 19,   D1, D10A, D10B, D11A, D11B

4.2.4 Section 6 - Services and service equipment

  1. Describe the additions and changes of applicable definitions and terms
  2. Explain the changes for installation and attachment of conductors or cables, including service conductors or cables
  3. Explain the changes for control and protective equipment, including conductors, separation, installation and switching devices and enclosures

4.2.5 Section 8 - Circuit loading and demand factors

  1. Describe the additions and changes of applicable definitions and terms
  2. Describe the changes to marking and labeling
  3. Apply the definitions and changes affecting load calculations
  4. Calculate load demands
  5. List the changes between Section 12 and Section 8
  6. Apply the changes for branch circuits for nonelectrical vehicle heater receptacles
  7. Apply the changes for electrical vehicle management systems
  8. Apply the changes for electrical vehicle supply equipment

4.2.6 Section 10 - Grounding and Bonding

  1. Describe the additions and changes of applicable definitions and terms
  2. List all applicable deletions of rules and tables
  3. Explain changes for grounding, such as:
    1. equipment transformer,
    2. single point grounding,
    3. water pipes,
    4. connection to grounding electrodes,
    5. neutral grounding devices
    6. splicing
    7. overhead sub distribution
    8. all types of connections and installations.
  4. Explain changes for bonding, such as:
    1. metallic piping and reinforced steel,
    2. non-electrical equipment,
    3. equipotential,
    4. cables at service equipment
    5. all types of connections and installations.
  5. Explain the changes for grounding in a meter socket
  6. Explain amended figures and notes in the appendices 

4.2.7 Section 12 - Wiring Methods

  1. Describe the additions and changes of applicable definitions and terms that apply
  2. Explain the additions, revisions, clarifications and updates to tables, table notes and references to the tables
  3. Explain new rules regarding extra-low voltage suspended ceiling power distribution systems.
  4. Explain the changes that affect the management, connections and installation of conductors, cables and raceways.
  5. Describe underground installations
  6. List the changes or relocation of rules between Section 4 and Section 12
  7. List any changes or relocation of rules between Section 8 and Section 12
  8. Describe the use of bonding conductors when applied to service entrances
  9. Explain the uses of High-density polyethylene (HDPE) conduit and conductors-in-conduit rules and table additions
  10. Determine the maximum number of conductors permitted in a box

4.2.8 Section 14 - Protection and Control

  1. Describe the additions and changes of applicable definitions and terms
  2. Determine the maximum rating of overcurrent devices to align with the National Electrical Code

4.2.9 Section 16 - Class 1 and Class 2 Circuits

  1. Describe the additions and changes of applicable definitions and terms
  2. Identify where Section 16 aligns with equipment safety standards
  3. Explain the updates for power over ethernet (PoE)
  4. d. Describe Class 2 circuit conductors installation in cable with power circuit conductors

4.2.10 Section 18 – Hazardous Locations

  1. List the revisions, additions and changes of applicable definitions and terms in rules, appendices and annexes.
  2. Explain the changes for wiring methods in hazardous locations
  3. Describe the types of protection permitted for hazardous locations 
  4. Define and describe ‘qualified person’
  5. Explain the revision and inclusion of explosive gas and dust atmospheres
  6. Describe and apply rules and tables that relate to intrinsically safe and non-incendive electrical equipment and wiring
  7. Explain the changes to marking and labeling as they relate to this section
  8. Describe the use of open motors in Zone 2 and Division 2
  9. Describe combustible gas detection instruments used in Class 1 hazardous locations
  10. Describe the markings and usage of both cable and liquid-tight flexible conduit in hazardous locations

4.2.11 Section 20 - Flammable liquid and gasoline dispensing, service stations, garages, bulk storage plants, finishing processes, and aircraft hangars

  1. Describe the additions and changes of applicable definitions, terms and format

4.2.12 Section 22 - Locations in which corrosive liquids, vapours, or excessive moisture are likely to be present

  1. Describe the additions and changes of applicable definitions and terms
  2. Explain the additions, changes, and revisions for management, connections and installation of conductors, cables and raceways. 

4.2.13 Section 24 - Patient care areas

  1. Describe the additions and changes of applicable definitions and terms
  2. Apply the changes and revisions for connections and installation of conductors, cables, raceways and their bonds for panelboards, essential electrical circuits and patient care areas.
  3. Identify the references to CSA Standard Z32 for this section

 4.2.14 Section 26 - Installation of electrical equipment

  1. Describe the additions, deletions and changes of applicable definitions and terms
  2. Describe the extension of tamper proof receptacle usage
  3. List the arc lamp requirements that moved from Section 26 to Section 30
  4. Describe and apply the addition and revisions of receptacles in kitchen and dining areas
  5. Describe requirements for cover plates on receptacles that are exposed to the weather
  6. Apply this section to unit substations
  7. Describe the revisions of AFCIs to existing circuits
  8. Explain the new standard for the height of receptacles in a carport or garage
  9. Describe the revisions of receptacles for residential occupancies
  10. Describe the rule movement and revisions for dielectric liquid filled transformers located indoors
  11. Explain requirements for protection of primary and secondary conductors connected to transformers in accordance with Section 14

4.2.15 Section 28 - Motors and Generators

  1. Describe the additions and changes of applicable definitions and terms
  2. Describe branch circuit over protection
  3. Calculate the application for feeder overcurrent protection

4.2.16 Section 30 - Installation of lighting equipment

  1. Describe the additions and changes of applicable definitions and terms
  2. List the rules for arc lamps imported from Section 26
  3. Describe the luminaire disconnection requirements

4.2.17 Section 32 - Fire alarm systems, smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms, and fire pumps

  1. Describe the additions and changes of applicable definitions and terms
  2. Describe updated rules that meet the latest edition of NFPA 20
  3. Explain the rules for smoke, CO and fire alarm systems
  4. Describe AFCI and GFCI protection as they apply to smoke and CO alarms

4.2.18 Section 34 - Signs and outline lighting

  1. Describe the additions and changes of applicable definitions and terms

4.2.19 Section 36 - High-voltage installations

  1. Describe the additions and changes of applicable definitions and terms
  2. Describe tolerable touch and step voltages as they relate to IEEE (IEEE80)
  3. Describe the requirements of conductors over buildings

4.2.20 Section 40 - Electric cranes and hoists

  1. Describe the additions and changes of applicable definitions and terms

4.2.21 Section 42 - Electric welders

  1. Describe the additions and changes of applicable definitions and terms

4.2.2​​​2 Section 46 - Emergency power supply, unit equipment, exit signs, and life safety systems

  1. Describe the additions and changes of applicable definitions and terms General
  2. Describe CSA 22.2 No.141 as it relates to batteries utilized for emergency power supplies

4.2.23 Section 58 - Passenger ropeways and similar equipment

  1. Describe the changes of applicable definitions and terms

4.2.24 Section 62 - Fixed electric heating systems

  1. Describe the additions and changes of applicable definitions and terms
  2. Define heating cables to align with IEEE, IEC and CSA
  3. Apply the additions, revisions, clarifications and updates to tables, table notes and references to the tables
  4. Identify which surface heating products can be used for space heating in reference to Part 2  C22.2 No 130
  5. Describe installation of skin effect trace heating circuits as they relate to IEEE and CSA standards
  6. Explain the aspects of heaters in wet areas

4.2.25 Section 64 - Renewable energy systems

  1. Describe the additions and changes of applicable definitions and terms
  2. Describe the photovoltaic system rapid shutdown
  3. Describe arc fault circuit disconnection
  4. Describe the requirements for combiner disconnection
  5. Describe the increase in allowable voltage for solar photovoltaic systems as they now relate to Section 36
  6. Identify voltages for Hydrokintetic systems
  7. Describe the requirements for attachment plugs and similar wiring devices

4.2.26 Section 66 - Amusement parks, midways, carnivals, film and TV sets, TV remote broadcasting locations, and travelling shows

  1. Describe the additions and changes of applicable definitions and terms

4.2.27 Section 68 - Pools, tubs, and spas

  1. Describe the additions and changes of applicable definitions and terms
  2. Describe the installations for hydro massage tubs

4.2.28 Section 76 - Temporary wiring

  1. Describe the additions and changes of applicable definitions and terms

4.2.29 Section 78 - Marine wharves, docking facilities, fixed and floating piers, and boathouses

  1. Describe the additions and changes of applicable definitions and terms
  2. Explain the changes that affect the management, connections and installation of conductors, cables and raceways. 
  3. Describe the addition and revisions for grounding, bonding and fault protection
  4. Describe and apply the requirements for receptacles

4.2.30 Section 82 - Cathodic protection

  1. Deleted

4.2.31 Section 84 - Interconnection of electric power production sources

  1. Describe the additions and changes of applicable definitions and terms

4.2.32 Section 86 - Electric vehicle charging systems

  1. Describe the additions and changes of applicable definitions and terms
  2. Describe, and calculate the applicable revisions for electric-vehicle supply equipment and energy management systems as it relates to Section 8.

Document number: SYL-EL-102

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