Who is Qualified?
The term “qualified person” has a very broad meaning in a general context. From a simple standpoint outside the world of codes and standards, the term “qualified” has meanings such as having the qualities, accomplishments, etc., that fit a person for some function, office or the like.
Basically, many persons are qualified for various functions or positions, and some are not. Defining “qualified” varies based on industry. For example, in the construction industry, specifically in electrical construction, codes and standards define what constitutes a qualified person in the context used within contained requirements. This article takes a closer look at how the term “qualified person” is used within the NEC, National Electrical Code, and compares it to what it means as used in NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace.