NFPA 70E | Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace | Standards Michigan

NFPA 70E | Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace

NFPA 70E asserts requirements for BOTH Employers and Employees. The responsibilities of employees -- and the responsibilities of managers with oversight of front line electricians -- are often overlooked requirements in NFPA 70E

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NFPA 70E | Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace

June 22, 2018
mike@standardsmichigan.com
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NFPA 70E — Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace — is a solid example of a regulatory product developed through a public-private partnership between a federal agency (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and the National Fire Protection Association.  The market drivers for its inspiration and continued evolution is described in more detail in this videoclip by former Massachusetts Congressman and past President of NFPA James M. Shannon.

Like almost all other NFPA consensus documents, it is revised every three years.  Public Input for the 2021 revision is due June 27th.

Standards Michigan monitors the participation of individuals,  school districts, higher education institutions as well as many of the education industry trade associations whose members are stakeholders in this NFPA product.  As we explain in our ABOUT our interest lies in supporting the voice of the user-interest (See link to NFPA Classification of Committee Members)   Because the user-interest is the weakest voice in the global standards system we strengthen our voice in developing power system safety and sustainability concepts by collaborating with technical and business experts within the membership of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers — the largest professional association in the world.   

IEEE Industry Applications Society.  Members in this society generally identify and develop leading practice for power systems on the load side of the service point (point of common coupling or demarcation) as defined in the National Electrical Code and the National Electrical Safety Code

IEEE Power Engineering Society.  Members in this society generally identify and develop leading practice for power systems on the supply side of the service point (point of common coupling or demarcation) as defined in the National Electrical Code and the National Electrical Safety Code

IEEE Industrial & Commercial Power Systems Department.  This department. a division within the Industrial Applications Society,  develops the legacy IEEE Color Books and is now in the process of adapting the Color Books into the IEEE 3000-series of recommended practices; widely understood as setting the standard of care for customer premise electrical power systems.  (Link to IEEE 3007 WG Maintenance, Operations & Safety)

IEEE Standards Association.   Because power, information and communication technology cuts across all global industries, the IEEE is one of the largest and fastest-moving standards developers in the world.   Unlike NFPA (which is closely aligned with the enforcement interest) and ASTM (which is closely aligned with manufacturers) for example, IEEE is most closely aligned with the user interest identified in ANSI Essential Requirements for Due process.

IEEE SCC-18.  This committee is the liaison between IEEE and NFPA electrical safety and sustainability subject matter experts.

IEEE Education & Healthcare Facilities Committee .   This subcommittee interacts most closely with electrical and telecommunication professionals in the education facilities industry.   Its members routinely submit public input to the full span of NFPA consensus documents.  It meets online 4 times monthly in Europe and in the Americas and has an ambitious technical agenda that has proved successful; albeit slowly. 

All NFPA and IEEE products are on the standing agenda of our weekly Open Door teleconference — every Wednesday, 11 AM Eastern time.  Anyone may join these teleconferences with login information in this link: (Open Door Login).

Issue: [3-3], [6-4], [10-14], [12-19], [15-160] and [18-135]

Category: Electrical, Public Safety, Risk Management

Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Jim Harvey, Richard Robben

Memorial Church on a May morning in the Yard. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer

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