What determines if we need to use the current 70e when completing a study?
Project started in 2013, started up in 2015. Can the consultant use 2012 or do they have to redo the study with 2015?
Craig, I have seen the very same situation a number of times. I am involved with a company now that is attempting to mix the requirements of both the 2012 and 2015 editions due to changes that occurred midstream of completing the project. I recommend staying with either one or the other. Consider the following, The 2015 edition involved several major revisions from the 2012 edition. Also, the 2018 edition is currently in it's revision cycle as well. With the requirement to review your electrical safety program at a minimum of every three years do you want to make the leap now or then?
I think it would be okay to complete the study based on the 2012 but it would benefit your team to make the revisions as soon as possible.
Stephen Benton, CESCP
Good answer Steve, but I'd like to add something
Keep in mind that a Standard is not the same as a Code. While a Code (for us electrical types, The Code) is usually adopted for enforceability by local, state, and federal government agencies, and that carries weight, a standard is usually included in legal contracts between participants, such as between a local or state government agency and a licensed health care facility receiving state funding, or in something like my case, a contract between a government agency and a private contractor operating a facility on behalf of the government.
When it comes to private industry, check with your legal representation to see if a legal commitment was made to comply with a specific edition of any NFPA standard in question, and follow that counsel. If no contract obligation binds your company to a specific standard edition, then it is up to your company's subject matter experts to decide what the best practices will be for keeping your employees safe, and this might very well involve looking at various editions of the standard to wrap your head around what goals you are trying to reach. In the final run, you can always fall back to your OSHA requirements for guidance, and if you still aren't sure try asking the local OSHA representative or local Fire Marshal to point you in the right direction.
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