As the PV industry continues to grow at a rapid pace, it is so important to us here at SEI to ensure that solar workers have the tools and skills to work safely on the job site, so we can all return home soundly to our families at night, proud of the work we do.
This safety training includes four 3-hour courses. Each course will include presentations, videos, interactive exercises, and a quiz.
1- Ladder and Lift Safety: In this course we learn about different ladder options and how to choose the appropriate ladder(s) for a PV installation, based on the specific job site and task (accessing different roof surfaces, running conduit, etc.). We discuss how to properly inspect, set up and use ladders, and through interactive exercises we evaluate different installation sites to determine the best location to set up an extension ladder to access the PV array. In the second part of this course, we identify equipment and methods for safely lifting PV modules and other materials to the roof, including ladder lifts, boom lifts, reach forklifts, scaffolding, and cranes.
2- Fall Protection: Here we review OSHA fall protection requirements and present different equipment options for working safely AND efficiently on a PV job site. We discuss the differences between fall restraint vs. positioning vs. fall arrest, look at different anchor options for roof surfaces commonly seen on PV installations, and via interactive exercises determine where to place those anchors on the roof.
3- PV Mounting Safety: In this course we identify job site hazards specific to PV mounting work, from array layout through securing modules to the racking system. We go step-by-step through a roof-mounted PV installation and call out ways to eliminate and/or control hazards through safe work practices, engineering controls, and personal protective equipment (PPE). Through interactive exercises and videos, we show best practice methods to safely handle PV equipment and manage small parts a sloped roof.
4- Solar Electric Safety: In the final course of this series, we take an in-depth look at electrical hazards specific to PV installation and maintenance work, and discuss the requirements of OSHA, the NEC, and NFPA 70E to assure safe working conditions. We discuss shock and arc flash hazards and identify protective measures including PPE and lockout / tagout. We dive even further into lockout / tagout and safe electrical testing methods in our interactive exercises and videos.
* This course qualifies for 12 NABCEP continuing education hours (PVIP, Technical Sales, PVA; 6 hrs. for Solar Thermal) or 12 advanced training hours towards certification requirements.
**This course does not meet the OSHA-10 or OSHA-30 training requirement for NABCEP certification.
If you have questions please call our Student Services Department at 970-527-7657 option 1 or email [email protected]