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NFPA 70E Arc Flash Training: Why Comply?
NFPA 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety Training is essential for the safety of your employees and protection against possible fines. The NFPA, an international nonprofit organization, that develops voluntary codes and standards.
Why is NFPA 70E important to employers? NFPA 70E provides specific information to help companies prevent or minimize exposure to all widely recognized electrical hazards.
Safety practices, such as those recommended by NFPA 70E, help minimize employees’ risk of burns, blindness, electrocution, electric shock and associated falls. A decrease in employee injury and death rates can reduce workers’ compensation costs and help companies avoid noncompliance penalties.
How big of a concern is electrical safety? According to an article by NFPA’s Senior Electrical Specialist Kenneth Mastrullo, “Statistics show that electrical contact results in 4,000 non-disabling and 3,600 disabling injuries annually in the United States, not to mention one death in the workplace every day.” Historically, electrocution has been the fourth leading cause of workplace deaths in America, Mastrullo says. He also points out that two other common electrical hazards â€“ arc flash and arc blast â€“ are not included in these statistics, nor are near-miss incidents.
What is the connection between NFPA 70E and OSHA? NFPA 70E training was originally developed at OSHA’s request to address electrical hazards in the workplace. OSHA bases its electrical safety requirements on the comprehensive information in NFPA 70E. Even though OSHA does not mandate compliance with NFPA 70E itself, it considers NFPA 70E to be an effective how-to manual for OSHA regulation compliance.
How does NFPA 70E complement OSHA regulations?
In lieu of detailed specifications, OSHA recognizes, and in some cases refers to, industry consensus standards such as NFPA 70E as a tool for assisting with regulatory compliance. NFPA 70E training at www.arc-flash-
Can you avoid OSHA citations by complying with NFPA 70E? Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, otherwise known as the general duty clause, requires an employer to furnish “employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees.” The clause enables OSHA to issue citations when unsafe conditions are identified for which a regulation does not exist. Industry consensus standards such as NFPA 70E may serve as evidence that a hazard is recognized and that there is a feasible means of correcting the hazard.
Consensus standards can also be used by employers as guides for making hazard assessments and personal protective equipment selections required by the standard. In OSHA enforcement actions, the use of industry consensus standards can serve as evidence of whether an employer acted reasonably.
What about OSHA-approved state plans? The Chief Technology Officer for www.arc-flash-
Where can I find the standard? You can sign up for training at http://www.arc-
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