A better understanding of NFPA 70E: Be actively involved with electrical safety in the workplace

Blog Post created by ccoache Employee on Aug 6, 2018
The First Draft meeting for the 2021 edition of NFPA 70E®, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace® will be taking place in St. Louis, Missouri next week (August 13th-17th) at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch. NFPA technical meetings are open to the public. If you want to witness the process first hand please come see what happens at this stage of the standard development process. 
There have been 332 inputs submitted for the next edition. They cover everything from basic editorial issues to substantial changes in the safety requirements. The Technical Committee will discuss the inputs and develop a draft standard during the meeting. After the meeting, the Technical Committee will be formally balloted on the changes made. Only changes that pass the formal ballot will be shown as a First Draft for viewing by the public. However, all the submitted inputs (whether they led to change or not) will also be viewable after the vote. If you cannot make the meeting you can see all the public inputs submitted and the first revisions made to the standard. These are available on NFPA's 70E "next edition" webpage. This link will also allow viewing the First Draft once it has been balloted by the TC and posted on the page.
It is up to you to review what has happened during the First Draft process. The First Draft allows you to see what the standard would require if it were to be issued at this stage (which could conceivably happen if no public comments are submitted). When the draft is posted, remember to read through it and the submitted public inputs. Doing so will allow you to comment on this draft when the Second Draft process starts. NFPA 70E is a consensus standard. That means that your involvement has a direct effect on addressing electrical safety. It is your standard, be part of it.
For more information on 70E, read my entire 70E blog series on Xchange
Next time: The 40 cal/cm2 limit.
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