The exclusive 2009 NFPA 70E: Handbook for Electrical Safety in the Workplace helps you avoid OSHA violations and reduce risks with effective strategies.
Electricity and its dangers are not selective - they put both experienced and inexperienced workers at deadly risk. Every year some 3,600 workers are permanently disabled, and, on average, one worker per day is killed. Make sure you understand and can apply the strengthened safeguards in the 2009 NFPA 70E that can prevent electrical injuries and deaths. Protect your workers and your business with solid answers and advice in the 2009 NFPA 70E Handbook for Electrical Safety in the Workplace.
This one-of-a-kind resource paves the way to a safe, injury-free jobsite!
Organized to bring you life-saving answers on the spot, the 2009 NFPA 70E Handbook for Electrical Safety in the Workplace starts out with a quick guide to Handbook use on the inside covers. Then, every page is loaded with the clear explanations and rationale you need to apply NFPA 70E and ace OSHA compliance:
The Handbook's thorough explanations and wealth of photographs, illustrations, and tables provide everything you need to:
- Like NFPA's renowned Naitonal Electrical Code Handbook, the NFPA 70E Handbook for Electrical Safety in the Workplace features summaries of major changes by chapter, and a table of contents by article.
- Easy-to-understand commentary clears up areas of complexity and provides invaluable insights.
- The Handbook also includes the full 2009 NFPA 70E text for convenient reference!
- Mitigate burn and shock risks by correctly following the latest work practices - including revised
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements for H/R Category 1.
- Protect workers engaged in a broader range of tasks and in more occupancies. First-time commentary only in this edition covers electrical worker protection in R&D laboratories (new Article 350).
- Commentary also guides your use of the expanded table in Article 130.
- Reduce the chances of deadly oversights with tips for compliance with the new rules for multi-employer relationships.
- Ensure workers select appropriate PPE and that lockout/tagout procedures and other key protection measures are performed properly.
- Be prepared for audits and reviews. Keep adequate records and comply with OSHA by correctly following the new recordkeeping requirements for training and safety program audits.
Avoid tragedies on the job with the answers and full support in the 2009 NFPA 70E Handbook for Electrical Safety in the Workplace - direct from the Standard source! A "must" for company owners, safety directors, safety trainers, supervisors, project managers, and everyone concerned with electrical safety in industrial, commercial, or institutional environments.
From the Preface
The 2009 edition of the Handbook for Electrical Safety in the Workplace contains the latest information on electrical safety. More than 112 years have passed since March 18, 1896, when a group of 23 persons representing a wide range of organizations met at the headquarters of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in New York City. Their purpose was to develop a national code of rules for electrical construction and operation. This was the first national effort to develop electrical installation rules for the United States. This successful effort resulted in the National Electrical Code (NEC), the installation code used throughout the United States and in many countries around the world.
With the implementation of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, it became apparent that a separate standard would be necessary to provide requirements for safe work practices for people who might be exposed to electrical hazards. On January 7, 1976, the Standards Council of the National Fire Protection Association appointed the Committee on Electrical Safety Requirements for Employee Workplaces. The Standards Council recognized the importance of the creation of a document that could be used in conjunction with the National Electrical Code. To keep these documents well coordinated, the Standards Council decided that the new committee should report to the association through the National Electrical Code Technical Correlating Committee. Although the committee recognized the importance of compliance with all of the requirements of the National Electrical Code, the first edition of NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, dealt primarily with those electrical installation requirements from the National Electrical Code that were most directly tied to worker safety. In subsequent editions, the document expanded to include safety-related work practices, safety-related maintenance requirements, and safety requirements for special equipment. For the 2009 edition, the installation requirements were removed because OSHA no longer believed that they were necessary because the National Electrical Code is now widely adopted and used.
For the first few editions, NFPA 70E was a four-part document that was essentially four books bound together. Beginning with the 2004 edition, NFPA 70E adopted the National Electrical Code Style Manual, which provided a simple means to integrate the parts of the document into a comprehensive and cohesive standard. Since the National Electrical Code requirements were deleted from the standard, there are now three chapters. However, the handbook continues to include some of the highlights of the National Electrical Code to assist the user in understanding how the installation requirements of the National Electrical Code can make a safer work environment.
Until the 2000 edition of NFPA 70E, most believed that the only electrical hazard was electric shock. The 2000 edition brought attention to the hazards of arc flash phenomena. The use of the standard has grown tremendously as workers and their employers try to provide protection from this dangerous hazard.
About the Editors
F. William Buss
is a Senior Electrical Engineer at NFPA. Prior to joining NFPA in 2006, he was in the electrical industry for more than 38 years as an electrical engineer and electrical engineering manager. He has worked in the electric utility and large chemical process industries. His utility experience includes coal, oil and nuclear power generation facilities, substations, protective relaying systems, and underground coal mining. His chemical industry experience includes large process and co-generation facilities built around the world. He is the staff liaison for NFPA 70E, writes the 70E Connection column for the NFPA Journal, and responds to NFPA 70E advisory service e-mails and phone calls. He was a member of the working group for IEEE 1584-2002-IEEE Guide for Performing Arc-Flash Hazard Calculations and has completed arc flash studies for many large facilities. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and has presented papers and participated on IEEE standards committees. He is a registered professional engineer.
Mark W Earley
is Assistant Vice President and Chief Electrical Engineer at NFPA. He has served as Secretary of the NEC since 1989 and is the co-author of NFPA's reference book, Electrical Installations in Hazardous Locations. Prior to joining NFPA, he worked as an electrical engineer at Factory Mutual Research Corporation. Additionally, he has served on several of NFPA's electrical committees and NEC code-making panels. Mark is a registered professional engineer and a member of IAEI, IEEE, SFPE, the Standards Engineering Society, the Automatic Fire Alarm Association (AFAA), the UL Electrical Council, U.S. National Committee on the International Electrotechnical Commission, and the Canadian Electrical Code Committee. He also serves on the IEEE/NFPA Arc Flash Project Steering Committee.
Ray A Jones
has spent most of his working life, including 35 years with the DuPont Company, working with industrial electrical systems and installations as a professional electrical engineer. He has served on several national consensus committees and panels, was a charter member of the Petroleum and Chemical Industry Electrical Safety Subcommittee, and is currently chairman of the NFPA 70E Technical Committee. The author of many published articles in industry journals, Ray has also presented numerous papers and tutorials on electrical safety issues at technical conferences. Ray coauthored Electrical Safety in the Workplace, published by NFPA. He is currently president of Electrical Safety Consulting Services, Inc., a consulting business that helps companies improve their electrical safety programs. Ray is a registered professional engineer.