2015 NFPA 70E Standard - Current Edition

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  • Description

    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 employees 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.

    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, 102 pp., 2015)


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  • Table of Contents (Current Edition)

    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
  • Prior Editions

    NFPA 70E®: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace® reduces the risk of death or injury due to electrical hazards.

    Used correctly, the safe work practices in NFPA 70E can stop workplace electrical accidents before they happen by reducing exposure to major electrical hazards. Originally developed at OSHA's request, NFPA 70E helps companies and employees avoid workplace injuries and fatalities due to shock, electrocution, arc flash, and arc blast, and assists in complying with OSHA 1910 Subpart S and OSHA 1926 Subpart K. Each edition of NFPA 70E builds on the next, incorporating the latest research and "lessons learned" from the field.

    • The 2012 edition of NFPA 70E: Electrical Safety in the Workplace is updated to help users reduce the risk of electrical injuries and fatalities on the job. Revised rules and Annex F clearly differentiate between "risk assessment" and "hazard identification." Added text explains when the energized work permit (EWP) is required and what it should contain. This edition also includes a new shock protection boundary, hazard/risk table, and incident energy calculation for direct current systems. Revised Article 320 focuses on safe work practices for stationary batteries and battery rooms, such as those used by alternative energy systems.
    • The 2009 NFPA 70E introduces an easier way to calculate incident energy -- the first step in determining PPE -- with revised Annex D that consolidates equations, adds tables, and provides alternatives to making detailed calculations. Other changes in this edition recognize a broader array of hazards and help reduce safety gaps. To further reduce the risks for second-degree thermal burns, cotton outerwear is no longer permitted for energy levels below 2 cal/cm2. An expanded Table in Article 130 covers added tasks such as thermographic imaging, and new equipment including arc-resistant switchgear. New Article 350 offers the Standard's first requirements for the protection of electrical personnel in R&D labs. New recordkeeping requirements for training and safety program audits respond to OSHA's need for records.
    • The 2004 NFPA 70E: Electrical Safety in the Workplace improves compatibility with the NFPA 70®: National Electrical Code® (NEC®) with a new format featuring corresponding provisions. Installation criteria correlate with the 2002 NEC. To reduce the potential for errors, Safety Related Work Practices are prioritized to provide more specific safety guidance, and revised PPE requirements help minimize unsafe exposures. A new provision for a signed authorization for energized electrical work further reduces the likelihood of electrical accidents. New language concerning multi-employer relationships requires all contractors on a project to be aware of hazards, PPE, safe work practices, and emergency evacuation procedures. Definitions clarify electrical safety issues such as arc rating, incident energy, and restricted approach boundary.

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  • eForms Table of Contents


    • Job Briefing and Planning Checklist
    • Auditing Form
    • Energized Electrical Work Permit
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    411.2411.3 Definition. Low-Voltage Lighting Systems.


    (A) General. Lighting Ssystems Ooperating at 30 Volts- volts or  Less. A lighting system consisting less shall consist of an isolating power supply, the low-voltage luminaires, and associated equipment that are all identified for the use. The output circuits of the power supply are shall be rated for not more than 25 amperes and  operate at 30 volts (42.4 volts peak) or lessmaximum under all load conditions.


    (B) Class 2. Listed Class 2 lighting equipment shall be rated in conformance with Chapter 9, Table 11(A) or Table 11(B).


    411.3411.4 Listing Required. Lighting systems operating at 30 volts or less shall comply with 411.3(A)411.4(A) or 

    411.3(B).411.4(B). Class 2 power sources and lighting equipment connected to Class 2 power sources shall be llisted.

  • Also in NFPA 70E: Electrical Safety in the Workplace