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Here is a pop quiz on the lockout and electrically safe work condition requirements in NFPA 70E®, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace®. True or false?
1.    Lockout and tagout devices are the same thing.
2.    You may choose to use either lockout or tagout.
3.    Multiple locks indicate that a complex lockout procedure has been used.
4.    The required procedure for lockout and for tagout is the same.
5.    A written plan is required for all lockout applications.
6.    Lockout is synonymous with establishing an electrically safe work condition.
7.    Any lock can be used as a lockout device.
8.    Verification of a de-energized state must be made with a portable meter.
9.    Temporary grounding must always be used before an electrically safe work condition can exist.
10.    Electrical lockout devices must be distinct from mechanical lockout devices.
11.    A lockout program does not apply to temporary electrical equipment.
12.    Lockout procedures must be audited every 3 years.
13.    Once lockout has been applied and an electrical safe work condition established, there is no need to re-verify that condition.

This was not meant to be a trick quiz. The answer to each question is false.

1.    Lockout requires a lock and tagout does not include a lock. [120.3(C) and 120.3(D)]
2.    Tagout can only be used when the isolation device cannot accept the application of a lock. [120.4(B)(11)(4)]
3.    Multiple locks may be used in a simple lockout process. [120.4(A)(4)]
4.    If tagout is used without a lockout device, an additional safety measure must be used in addition to the application of the tagout device. [120.4(B)(11)(4)]
5.    Simple lockout applications do not require a written plan however, a written plan may be developed. [120.4(A)(4)]
6.    Lockout is a single step in the process of establishing an electrically safe work condition. [120.5(6)]
7.    The lockout device must be unique and readily identifiable. [120.3(B)]
8.    Listed, permanently mounted meters are permitted. [120.5(7) Exception No.1]
9.    Temporary grounding equipment is necessary if induced or stored energy is present or if there is a possibility of energization by contact with other electrical parts. [120.5(8)]
10.    Electrical lockout devices are permitted to be similar to other lockout devices. [120.2(H)(3)]
11.    A lockout program must include temporary as well as portable equipment. [120.1(A)(3)]
12.    Lockout procedures require an annual audit. [110.1(K)(3)]
13.    Unattended job locations, including for a lunch period, require re-verification of the electrically safe work condition. [120.4(B)(6)(4)]

This was refresher of some lockout basics. Sometimes details get lost or forgotten but that doesn’t mean they aren’t important. If you are responsible for a lockout program, this should have been easy.

For more information on 70E, read my entire 70E blog series on Xchange.  
Next time: How many chapters are in NFPA 70E?

New research was completed this month on High Rise Buildings with Combustible Exterior Wall Assemblies. Arup, a global engineering firm working across every aspect of today’s built environment, conducted the comprehensive project with sponsorship from NFPA. 

The impetus for the research was international concern about fires in high-rise buildings that contain combustible cladding. AHJs around the world appealed to NFPA for assistance in identifying hazards and developing a system for inspecting, prioritizing and remediating risk factors in their building portfolio.

The Arup report was the springboard for a new NFPA risk assessment tool that helps enforcers, building owners and facility managers determine which properties in their jurisdiction need attention. Research lead Susan Lamont with Arup will explain the risk assessment methodology; while NFPA’s Birgitte Messerschmidt will discuss EFFECT – NFPA’s tool that assists global authorities in determining and addressing high-rise building cladding concerns.

If you want to proactively determine what risks exist in your building inventory, register for the webinar on Monday, February 5th (10:00-11:30 ET). Learning about holistic high-rise combustible facade risk factors is your first step to ensuring that the people and property you are responsible for are safer from harm.

First responders at Vegas shooting
The deadline to submit public input on NFPA 3000, Standard for Preparedness and Response to Active Shooter and/or Hostile Events, is February 23—four weeks from tomorrow. NFPA Journal has been covering the development of the standard since July. 

My first article on NFPA 3000, "Threat Prep," came on the heels of shootings in Alexandria, Virginia, and San Francisco, both of which occurred on June 14. Coincidentally, the incidents took place on the same day the NFPA 3000 technical committee met for the first time at NFPA headquarters outside of Boston. My second article, "The New Deadliest," focused on the October 1 Las Vegas shooting. 
I also released a podcast in August that includes interviews with NFPA 3000 technical committee members who responded to two of the nation's deadliest mass shootings—the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, in 2016, and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012. 
The NFPA Standards Council recently gave the green light for NFPA 3000 to be released as a provisional standard, which means it could come out as early as April. As a result, public safety media outlets have buzzed with the news. In an op-ed for Fire Chief magazine, fire service veteran Rob Wylie lauded NFPA's efforts. "It is important and it is needed today," he said of the standard, while also stressing the need to prepare citizens—not just first responders—for active shooter and hostile events. 
The need to fast-track NFPA 3000 is clear. Just this week, two school shootings—one in Texas and one in Kentucky—have left two teenagers dead, and dozens more wounded. Submit public input on NFPA 3000 here, and continue to look for NFPA Journal coverage of NFPA 3000 as the standard is developed.  

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