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A Better Understanding of NFPA 70E: Employees at Greater Risk of an Electrical Injury

Blog Post created by ccoache Employee on Apr 22, 2020

I have written several blogs regarding employees at risk of an electrical injury. Many of those blogs point out that electrical injuries and fatalities are not limited to those solely in an electrical occupation. It has been a while since I looked through 29 CFR 1910. Standard 1910.332 applies to training employees who face a risk of electric shock that is not reduced to a safe level. A table associated with 1910.332(a) (summarized below) indicates occupational categories considered to be a greater risk of electrical injury than other occupations.

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Notice that more non-electrical occupations are listed than electrical ones. An included note further states that employees in the listed occupations are required to be trained. You may want to remedy the situation if your occupation is on this list and no documented electrical safety program exists at your company.

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