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 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.

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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, 102 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

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  • Job Briefing and Planning Checklist
  • Auditing Form
  • Energized Electrical Work Permit

NFPA 70E Permits assists users in generating energized electrical work permits and in complying with the requirements of NFPA 70E®: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace®, 2015 Edition. It lets you generate energized work permits as a handy record for hazard briefings and other sign-offs, and easily save each permit as a PDF for emailing or printing. Quickly navigate multiple tables* from Article 130 in the 2015 NFPA 70E.

Tables referenced: 130.4(D)(a) & 130.4(D)(b), 130.7(C)(15)(A)(a), 130.7(C)(15)(A)(b), 130.7(C)(15)(B), 130.7(C)(16)