• 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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  • A better understanding of NFPA 70E: You can help improve electrical safety in the workplace

    Since this blog is dedicated to NFPA 70E®, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace®, readers should be aware that it is time to submit a public input to improve electrical safety for all employees. T...
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  • A better understanding of NFPA 70E: the other chapters

      Do you know that there are three chapters in NFPA 70E®, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace®? Although Chapter 1 is the most well-known there are two other chapters applicable to the user...
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  • A better understanding of NFPA 70E: Lockout

      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 tag...
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  • A better understanding of NFPA 70E: Going beyond the requirements of a consensus standard

      You who read this blog are a curious bunch. When I write that a consensus standard is the minimum of what is expected of you, comments pour in that a standard is a best practice or that requirements would never...
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  • A better understanding of NFPA 70E: Incident Investigations

      Are your employees punished when they make mistakes? Are your employees afraid to notify their supervisor when something minor has gone wrong? Do injuries go unreported? NFPA 70E®, Standard for Electrical ...
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  • A better understanding of NFPA 70E: It will make sense if you follow the requirements

    With all the time and effort it takes to keep employees safe from electrical hazards in the workplace, what people concern themselves about is confusing. A controversial topic has moved to the top of NFPA 70E®, S...
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  • A better understanding of NFPA 70E: your safety and well-being or your job

      A call came in from an employee who had been highly involved in electrical safety. Education and off-site training, some on his own dime and time, created an employee who knew the requirements of OSHA and NFPA...
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  • A better understanding of NFPA 70E: what the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says about your safety

      If you have been following this blog, you may have noticed that I occasionally mention that unsafe work practices may add you to the statistics. Although there are many more injuries than fatalities, the stati...
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  • A better understanding of NFPA 70E: the ten commandments of electrical safety

      It is hard to believe that this blog has entered its second year. Thank you for taking the time to read them. I hope that my comments, if they have been doing nothing else, have made you think differently abou...
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  • A better understanding of NFPA 70E: Using the new edition of NFPA 70E®, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace®

      The 2018 Edition of NFPA 70E®, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace® was issued by the NFPA Standards Council on August 1, 2017, with an effective date of August 21, 2017; this new edition...
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  • A better understanding of NFPA 70E: Tasks included in work permit exemptions

      My entire career has been dedicated to preventing injuries associated with electrical equipment. The injuries I have been concerned with were not only for an individual touching the equipment but an entire wor...
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  • A better understanding of NFPA 70E: Risk control; Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

    After the first five risk controls have been implemented and there is a residual hazard or risk of injury, the sixth and final risk control provides the last option to limit the severity of an injury from the known an...
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