• A Better Understanding of NFPA 70E: Equipment Labeling is Not the Same as Performing a Risk Assessment

      I receive many questions from companies in the process of implementing an electrical safety work program. Can their own employees conduct risk assessments? Who should they hire? How do they know if an organiza...
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  • A Better Understanding of NFPA 70E: The Employee’s Responsibility

      What are the primary NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace requirements for an employee? Section 105.3(B) lists one. An employee must comply with the safety-related work practices and proce...
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  • A Better Understanding of NFPA 70E: Conducting Risk Assessments for Electrical Safety Month

      Rather than a blog on manufacturer’s responsibility, this blog is about risk assessment. Once again it is May and National Electrical Safety Month, sponsored by Electrical Safety Foundation International...
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  • A Better Understanding of NFPA 70E: Employees at Greater Risk of an Electrical Injury

    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 h...
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  • A Better Understanding of NFPA 70E: Putting an Employee’s Life at Unnecessary Risk

    Many people miss the point of providing a workplace that is free of electrical hazards for an employee. The main point of the federal law as well as NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace is to not ...
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  • A Better Understanding of NFPA 70E: A Host Employer Has Some Responsibility for the Safety of a Contract Employee

    I have written a few blogs about host and contractor employer responsibilities. Over the past year, I have pointed out many times that  NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace has minimum issues...
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  • 10 Key Steps to Help Jump Start an Electrical Safety Program

    A well-developed safety program, in this case an electrical safety program (ESP), is crucial for protecting the most important part of any corporation; employees. The ESP must involve all levels of employees in order ...
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  • A Better Understanding of NFPA 70E: NFPA 70E Equipment Labeling

    Section 130.5(H) has specific requirements for equipment labels when there are electrical hazards present. For some reason, users of NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace have troubl...
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  • A Better Understanding of NFPA 70E: When to Protect an Employee from Electrical Hazards

    People tend to get hung up on whether or not it is safe to work on a specific piece of electrical equipment. Often the hang up is caused by an attempt to classify a task as electrical work or non-electrical work. Work...
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  • A Better Understanding of 70E: Take My Poll to Help Me Better Address Electrical Safety Topics You Need to Know About

      Time flies. I have been the staff liaison for NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace  for the past two cycles. I have fielded hundreds of electrical safety questions from employer and e...
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  • A Better Understanding of NFPA 70E: The 2021 Edition of NFPA 70E®, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace®

    This blog was going to cover protecting employees from electrical hazards, but the subject has been changed to reflect the latest news about NFPA 70E. The Second Draft of NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Sa...
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  • A Better Understanding of NFPA 70E: Electrical Contact Fatalities

    With the number of electrical contact fatalities in the workplace being relatively flat since 2012 (average 146 fatalities with a range of 134 to 156), I decided to look into what the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) ...
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  • A Better Understanding of NFPA 70E: Being Honest with Yourself about Electrical Safety Training

    Reply to this statement if you are capable of being truthful to yourself. I have always followed my electrical safety training. Unfortunately, for majority of us, the honest answer is no, I have not always f...
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  • A Better Understanding of NFPA 70E: Signs of Weakness in a Safety Culture

        Electrical safety in the workplace is not as clear cut as many would like. It would be easier if boxes could be checked and safety would be achieved. However, a detailed step-by-step checklist is no...
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  • A Better Understanding of NFPA 70E: Take responsibility for your own safety

      Wherever there is electrical energy there is a potential for an exposure to an electrical hazard. What makes a work environment safe from electrical hazards? For that matter, who makes sure that you are not ex...
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  • A Better Understanding of NFPA 70E: Three Different Approaches to Electrical Safety and Their Consequences

    At the 2019 NFPA Conference & Expo in San Antonio, I presented a program that covered NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace and energized work permits. For that presentation, tho...
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  • A Better Understanding of NFPA 70E: NFPA 70E Second Draft Meeting

    The Second Draft meeting for NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace has been completed. There were 45 Second Revisions developed out of the 115 Public Comments submitted. Soon these p...
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  • A Better Understanding of NFPA 70E: Operation of a light switch and the need for personal protective equipment (PPE)

    Talk about stirring up a hornet nest. A few blogs ago, the most frequently asked question was discussed. That blog concluded by stating: I will only provide one answer in order to ensure protection of your employ...
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  • A Better Understanding of NFPA 70E: Second Draft Meeting

    You are reading this blog so you must be concerned with electrical safety in the workplace. Did you submit a public input to NFPA 70E®, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace® last ye...
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  • A Better Understanding of NFPA 70E: The question asked most often regarding electrical safety in the workplace

    While I prepare for the second draft meeting of NFPA 70E®, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace®, I also begin to prepare for the next edition of the handbook. I review the question...
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