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NFPA 70E – Electrical Safety

Ask your maintenance folks to honestly answer this question: "Have you ever had a near miss with shock or arc flash while working on live electric parts?"

If your employees are exposed to live electrical parts in maintenance or facility work, OSHA requires “appropriate” personal protection (1910.335(a)(1)) and “safe work practices” (1910.333(a)(2)). Exposure to live parts can include voltage testing, work on or around energized equipment parts, or removing panel covers to expose bare energized parts like bus bars. Problem is, OSHA does not provide any detail on HOW to protect employees in these situations.

OSHA is the "shall", NFPA 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety In the Workplace is the HOW. 70E provides the detail on training, work practices and PPE necessary to protect workers from both contact electrical shock and arc flash hazards during exposure to live parts. OSHA can and does cite NFPA 70E as a reference for citations under both Subpart S (electrical) and Subpart I (PPE) as well as General Duty Clause citations.

This workshop will provide you an overview of:
  • The Safety Related Work Practices outlined in NFPA 70E
  • How OSHA Subpart S electrical standards relate to NFPA 70E
  • How to read the Shock and Flash protection tables and determine approach boundaries
  • Determining proper personal protective equipment (PPE) for various tasks
  • Implementing an Energized Work Permit System
You'll also receive a copy of the updated 2009 NFPA 70E standard with the course materials.
Length: Half day


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