• When it comes to electrical safety, is elimination really elimination?

      Why do so many of us get wrapped around the axle? We are all committed to electrical safety. We all know that removing an electrical hazard is a good thing. But is removing the hazard the same as eliminating t...
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  • A better understanding of NFPA 70E: a normal operation quiz

    As you know, NFPA 70E®, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace® does not determine what normal operation of your equipment entails. NFPA 70E details the normal operating conditions ne...
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  • A Better Understanding of NFPA 70E: Verifying PPE Ratings Revisited

    There still seems to be a misunderstanding about the responsibility of the purchaser when is comes to personal protective equipment (PPE). As explained in my blog, Who verifies that personal protective equipment (PPE)...
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  • A better understanding of NFPA 70E: Public Comment phase opens soon

      NFPA 70E®, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace® has been processed through the First Draft stage and will soon be open for public comment. The first draft will be posted on or before Febr...
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  • A better understanding of NFPA 70E: Maintaining protective equipment

      What do you think of when you hear the phrase protective equipment? Many of you likely went right to clothing but protective equipment is anything used to protect the employee from injury. Clothing, hard hats,...
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  • A better understanding of NFPA 70E: Host and contract employers

    An employer using NFPA 70E®, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace®can be either a host or contract employer. If an employer is using in-house workers it is obvious who has the responsibility for 1...
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  • A better understanding of NFPA 70E: The hierarchy of risk controls and an electrically safe work condition

      It is good to hear that this blog is getting those involved with electrical safety to think and talk about what they are doing to protect employees from electrical injury. I have been asked to explain what it ...
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  • A better understanding of NFPA 70E: electrical work related fatalities and injuries

    It has been over a year since I summarized the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) fatal electric injury statistics. You can read my blog about it here. To refresh your memory there currently is an annual average of 192 ...
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  • A better understanding of NFPA 70E: Where did the 40 cal/cm2 limit go?

    There must be an increase in the need to perform justified, energized work on equipment with high incident energy levels. Questions have come in regarding the restriction for incident energies above 40 cal/cm2. Many b...
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  • A better understanding of NFPA 70E: The safety of future electrical workers

    If the National Electrical Code® (NEC®)covers the installation of electrical equipment and provides for the practical safeguarding of persons and property from hazards arising from the use of electricity and...
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  • A better understanding of NFPA 70E: NFPA 70E audits

    New equipment is added to a facility. Knowledge gained while working through an issue drives change in safety standards. Employees with different backgrounds and from different generations have dissimilar learning sty...
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  • A better understanding of NFPA 70E: Be actively involved with electrical safety in the workplace

    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 th...
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  • A better understanding of NFPA 70E: Some ways to work on electrical equipment

    When it comes to having you work on electrical equipment there are essentially four choices your employer could make. The first is to design or substitute out electrical hazards so that you are not exposed to voltages...
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  • A better understanding of NFPA 70E: The stages of an electrically safe work condition

      An important issue has arisen with NFPA 70E®, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace® and what it takes to establish an electrically safe work condition (ESWC). There have been some misinter...
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  • A better understanding of NFPA 70E: Make sure you know what is involved with risk assessments.

    Just like statistics can be presented in ways to prove different points, sometimes including completely opposite conclusions, the arc-flash risk assessment process can be skewed to one’s advantage. NFPA 70E®...
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  • A better understanding of NFPA 70E: Time has very little to do with electrical safety.

    Just when I think people are beginning to understand what is involved with electrical safety, I get a series of calls that convince me otherwise. Other than for the determination of PPE category or incident energy, th...
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  • A better understanding of NFPA 70E: Will our industry head backward?

    A very troubling trend is being used by some in the electric industry. That trend is performing energized work without justification. They believe that performing energized work is defensible since they know how to pr...
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  • A better understanding of NFPA 70E: Training unqualified employees

      With so much emphasis on the need for a qualified person in NFPA 70E®, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace® many wonder why 110.2(A)(2) is a requirement. The title of NFPA 70E provides th...
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  • A better understanding of NFPA 70E: Ignorance is a dangerous thing

    My father was an old school electrician taught through the old methods before OSHA and electrical safety was on anyone’s radar. He passed his knowledge onto me. I learned about different types of wiring methods ...
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  • A better understanding of NFPA 70E: A handbook that you want and need

    When I was assigned as the staff liaison for NFPA 70E®, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace®, I was also assigned the daunting task of developing a handbook. The NFPA 70E handbook had been out fo...
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