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NFPA 70E-2015 Process for establishing and verifying an electrically safe work condition. Order of steps!

Question asked by David Teague on Feb 27, 2018

NFPA 70E 120.5 states the steps required for putting equipment in an electrically safe work condition shall be performed in the order presented, IF FEASIBLE.

 

The steps put applying Lockout/tagout before testing each phase conductor.

 

Opening Disconnects

The type of disconnects in this application necessitate removal of gloves in order to apply LOTO. 

 

Testing at the bus bar to verify deenergized circuit

The bus bar is exposed and within 18 inches of a workers face when operating disconnects and applying LOTO. You can tell where the bus bar is located with the workers left hand in this picture. 

 

The concern is that it is less safe to apply LOTO before testing because of the proximity of the bus bar and the need to remove a piece of PPE. The argument against testing before applying LOTO is that it increases the likelihood that an employee will forget to lockout after testing and then removing PPE.

 

Does this scenario of testing before applying LOTO meet the "if feasible" condition in 120.5 of NFPA 70E-2018? 

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