2015 NFPA 70E Handbook - Current Edition

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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.

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, 368 pp., 2015)

Handbook for Electrical Safety in the Workplace Fourth Edition, 2015 Edition


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



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  • Job Briefing and Planning Checklist
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  • Energized Electrical Work Permit