NFPA 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace

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NFPA 70E® compliance saves lives, reduces liability, and helps avoid unexpected downtime and revenue loss. Now, the 2015 Standard takes another big step in changing the way America works.

In a fraction of a second, an electrical incident can claim lives and cause permanently disabling injuries. In fact, hundreds of deaths and thousands of burn injuries occur each year due to shock, electrocution, arc flash, and arc blast -- and most could be prevented through compliance with NFPA 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace®. Originally developed at OSHA's request, NFPA 70E responds to the latest information about the effects of arc flash, arc blast, and direct current (dc) hazards, and recent developments in electrical design and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

The 2015 NFPA 70E helps you assess electrical risks on the job, making users more aware of the potential for devastating loss.

The 2015 edition of NFPA 70E introduces a major change in how stakeholders evaluate electrical risk -- so that owners, managers, and empolyees can work together to ensure an electrically safe working area and comply with OSHA 1910 Subpart S and OSHA 1926 Subpart K.

  • Key changes throughout the Standard replace the phrase "hazard analysis" with "risk assessment" to enable a shift in awareness about the potential for failure.
  • Revisions enhance usability; such as the division of requirements in former 110.4. (C)(2) into new sections separating construction and maintenance work from outdoor work.
  • Updated tables add clarity to requirements, such as the restricted approach boundary dimensions in Table 130.4 (D)(a).
  • New requirement 320.3 (A)(1) covers risk assessment associated with battery work.
  • New subsection in 130.2 (A)(4) provides requirements where normal operation of electric equipment is permitted.
  • Informative Annex E has updated text to correlate with the redefined terminology associated with hazard and risk. This annex provides clarity and consistency about definitions as well as risk management principles vital to electrical safety.

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Your purchase of the 2015 NFPA 70E includes access to 2015 NFPA 70E Permits. This online tool makes NFPA 70E compliance easier with:

  • Interactive lookup tables
  • An energized electrical work permit generator
  • Quick and easy lookup of your saved permits

Bring your company's electrical safety program up-to-date and give employees the know-how to be electrically safe.

If you're responsible for ensuring workers are protected from shock and arc flash hazards, use the 2015 NFPA 70E along with the 2014 NFPA 70®: National Electrical Code® (NEC®) and the 2013 NFPA 70B: Electrical Equipment Maintenance. Together, the "Big Three" help you protect your personnel and your company from tragic loss. NFPA 70E is a vital tool for contractors, risk managers, engineers, building managers, owners, and everyone concerned with ending electrical-related accidents, liability, and loss. (Softbound, Approx. 108 pp., 2015)

NFPA 70E® Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace® 2015 Edition

90 Introduction
Chapter 1 Safety-Related Work Practices
100 Definitions
105 Application of Safety-Related Work Practices
110 General Requirements for Electrical Safety-Related Work Practices
120 Establishing an Electrically Safe Work Condition
130 Work Involving Electrical Hazards
Chapter 2 Safety-Related Maintenance Requirements
200 Introduction
205 General Maintenance Requirements
210 Substations, Switchgear Assemblies, Switchboards, Panelboards, Motor Control Centers, and Disconnect Switches
215 Premises Wiring
220 Controller Equipment
225 Fuses and Circuit Breakers
230 Rotating Equipment
235 Hazardous (Classified) Locations
240 Batteries and Battery Rooms
245 Portable Electric Tools and Equipment
250 Personal Safety and Protective Equipment
Chapter 3 Safety Requirements for Special Equipment
300 Introduction
310 Safety-Related Work Practices for Electrolytic Cells
320 Safety Requirements Related to Batteries and Battery Rooms
330 Safety-Related Work Practices for Use of Lasers
340 Safety-Related Work Practices: Power Electronic Equipment
350 Safety-Related Work Requirements: Research and Development Laboratories
Annex A Referenced Publications
Informative Annex B Informational References
Informative Annex C Limits of Approach
Informative Annex D Incident Energy and Arc Flash Boundary Calculation Methods
Informative Annex E Electrical Safety Program
Informative Annex F  Risk Assessment Procedure
Informative Annex G Sample Lockout/Tagout Procedure
Informative Annex H Guidance on Selection of Protective Clothing and Other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Informative Annex I Job Briefing and Planning Checklist
Informative Annex J Energized Electrical Work Permit
Informative Annex K General Categories of Electrical Hazards
Informative Annex L Typical Application of Safeguards in the Cell Line Working Zone
Informative Annex M Layering of Protective Clothing and Total System Arc Rating
Informative Annex N Example Industrial Procedures and Policies for Working Near Overhead Electrical Lines and Equipment
Informative Annex O Safety-Related Design Requirements
Informative Annex P Aligning Implementation of This Standard with Occupational Health and Safety Management Standards
Index

Authors: Michael Fontaine, P.E., Gil Moniz, Christopher D. Coache

The 2015 NFPA 70E® Handbook is your comprehensive source for knowledge about NFPA 70E, electrical safety, and compliance.

Many facilities have the potential for significant liabilities involving loss of life, serious injuries, and damage to equipment due to electrical hazards. Yet many company managers and owners are unaware of the electrical risks addressed by NFPA 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace®. Using NFPA 70E correctly is the key to saving lives, reducing injuries, and satisfying OSHA mandates for electrical safety -- and that's why the NFPA 70E Handbook is essential.

The 2015 NFPA 70E Handbook for Electrical Safety in the Workplace helps you understand the risks and make the right decisions.

Revised to reflect a major shift in the 2015 NFPA 70E in how stakeholders evaluate electrical risk, the 2015 NFPA 70E Handbook helps you fulfill your role in mitigating electrical hazards. Commentary assists facility managers, electrical personnel, and business owners responsible for ensuring an electrically safe working area and complying with OSHA 1910 Subpart S and OSHA 1926 Subpart K.

OSHA is the "what" and NFPA 70E is the "how." The new NFPA 70E Handbook provides the "whys" and the support you need.

  • The Handbook includes the entire 2015 NFPA 70E text plus exclusive commentary, printed in blue, that explains provisions and their intent, breaks down tasks, and addresses different equipment and scenarios.
  • More than 150 full-color photos, charts, and illustrations bring safety concepts to life -- invaluable on the job and for worker training.
  • Summary of Changes at the beginning of each Article highlight revisions in the 2015 edition.
  • Supplements include extracts from the 2014 National Electrical Code® (NEC®) on labeling and NFPA 70B: Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance on electrical equipment maintenance, and guidance in writing a safety procedure.

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Your purchase of the 2015 NFPA 70E Handbook includes access to 2015 NFPA 70E Permits. This online tool makes NFPA 70E compliance easier with interactive lookup tables, an energized electrical work permit generator, plus quick and easy lookup of your saved permits.

Avoid tragedies by knowing how to correctly assess risks, determine hazards, and select PPE.

Get electrical safety answers direct from the NFPA 70E source. Learn how to keep your workplace electrical injury-free and protect your reputation for safety. Order the revised, full-color NFPA 70E Handbook for Electrical Safety in the Workplace now. (Hardbound, Approx. 500 pp., 2015)

Handbook for Electrical Safety in the Workplace Fourth Edition, 2015

Preface

About the Editors

Part 1 NFPA 70E®, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace®, with Commentary

Article 90 Introduction

Chapter  1 Safety-Related Work Practices

100 Definitions

105 Application of Safety-Related Work Practices

110 General Requirements for Electrical Safety-Related Work Practices

120 Establishing an Electrically Safe Work Condition

130 Work Involving Electrical Hazards

Chapter 2 Safety-Related Maintenance Requirements

200 Introduction

205 General Maintenance Requirements

210 Substations, Switchgear Assemblies, Switchboards, Panelboards, Motor Control Centers, and Disconnect Switches

215 Premises Wiring

220 Controller Equipment

225 Fuses and Circuit Breakers

230 Rotating Equipment

235 Hazardous (Classified) Locations

240 Batteries and Battery Rooms

245 Portable Electric Tools and Equipment

250 Personal Safety and Protective Equipment

Chapter 3 Safety Requirements for Special Equipment

300 Introduction

310 Safety-Related Work Practices for Electrolytic Cells

320 Safety Requirements Related to Batteries and Battery Rooms

330 Safety-Related Work Practices for Use of Lasers

340 Safety-Related Work Practices: Power Electronic Equipment

350 Safety-Related Work Requirements: Research and Development Laboratories

Informative Annexes

A Referenced Publications

B Informational References

C Limits of Approach

D Incident Energy and Arc Flash Boundary Calculation Methods

E Electrical Safety Program

F Risk Assessment Procedure

G Sample Lockout/Tagout Procedure

H Guidance on Selection of Protective Clothing and Other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

I Job Briefing and Planning Checklist

J Energized Electrical Work Permit

K General Categories of Electrical Hazards

L Typical Application of Safeguards in the Cell Line Working Zone

M Layering of Protective Clothing and Total System Arc Rating

N Example Industrial Procedures and Policies for Working Near Overhead Electrical Lines and Equipment

O Safety-Related Design Requirements

P Aligning Implementation of This Standard with Occupational Health and Safety

Management Standards

Part 2 Supplements

1 National Electrical Code Requirements Associated With Safety-Related Work Practices

2 Electrical Preventive Maintenance Programs

3 Typical Safety Procedure (Procedure for Selection, Inspection, and Care of Rubber Insulating Gloves and Leather Protectors)

4 Steve and Dela Lenz: One Family’s Experience with an Arc-Flash Incident

Index