NFPA 70E for Workplace
OSHA requires that you protect your workers-but the question is how do you go about providing a safe work environment? That's where NFPA 70E comes in. OSHA is the WHY & WHAT and NFPA 70E is the HOW.
NFPA 70E identifies three components that satisfy OSHA requirements:
Arc Flash Risk Assessment (OSHA 1910.132)
Safety Program (OSHA 1910.333)
Training (OSHA 1910.332)
Arc Flash Risk Assessments
A Risk Assessment (formerly known as Arc Flash Hazard Analysis) should identify the hazard, estimate the potential severity of injury or damage to health, estimate the likelihood of occurrence of injury or damage to health, and determine if protective measures are required.
A series of engineering studies will be used to recommend ways to mitigate or eliminate the hazards from your system entirely.
Risk assessments should be updated when a major renovation or modification to the electrical system occurs, or every three years, whichever comes first.
How do your workers follow NFPA 70E? They need a practical, easy-to-understand, written risk assessment procedure to follow before they perform their tasks. Safety programs should be dynamic to reflect the changing conditions of your facility, turnover of employees and changes in regulations.
Proper training is the foundation of a successful electrical safety program and equips employees with practical knowledge to perform their work safely.
2015 NFPA 70E Updates Affect Your Most Valuable Assets.
Learn more about these changes below.