I was not aware of Senate Bill 358
… However Act 217
, which is the law both requiring and providing the exceptions to licensing, does not
currently reflect SB0358 (see section 338.997 of Act 217).
With regards to 70E it says nothing about licensing, same goes for OSHA (see 1910.399 definition of qualified person
and 1910.332(b)(3) for training requirements
). The NEC defines a qualified person as "one who has the skills and knowledge related to the construction and operation of electrical equipment and installations and has received safety training to recognize and avoid the hazards involved
." And the FPN states, "refer to the NFPA-70E for electrical safety training requirements
I work for a tier 1 automotive supplier. We require all
of our electricians to be licensed, and all apprentices to be registered. We also have a qualifying master electrician who is actively in charge of and responsible for ensuring all installations are compliant with the National Electrical Code; if you look on the application for Electrical Contractor
you will see an option under license type requested for Facility Electrical Contractor (factories, schools, hospitals, etc.)
We consider electrical engineers (meaning those with BS in electrical engineering and holding the job title of EE) to be qualified to access panels; they go through all the same electrical safety training as our electricians and must also wear the appropriate PPE. They are often the ones who designed the controls and wrote the PLC program and can be a great asset for troubleshooting assistance; however, they don’t do any wiring (because it’s not pretty). All other engineers are considered unqualified to access electrical panels.
You best bet for solving your problem is likely through your companies Electrical Safety Program which should identify who is considered a qualified electrical worker and who is not. You may need to work with your safety manager; you can find a really good electrical safety program assessment