Why should a company adopt the standards of NFPA 70E?
Is 70E an OSHA requirement?
The most accurate answer is: “Typically, OSHA does not enforce 70E – until an electrically related accident is investigated.”
OSHA has specific requirements to provide employees with PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) if their job duties require them to be exposed to the hazards of energized electrical components. (OSHA 1910.132)
OSHA further requires employers to eliminate the risks of electrical shock and arc flash hazards in the workplace. (OSHA 1910.35). In assessing what a company has or has not done as steps to manage electrical hazards, OSHA will look to “industry accepted standards” as the benchmark. NFPA 70E is therefore utilized by OSHA as that benchmark.
A significant endorsement of NFPA 70E by OSHA was provided by their settlement with Ford Motor company based upon citings for electrical injuries. In this settlement Ford Motor company was required to develop and adopt an electrical safety program based upon 70E standards.
For more information consider attending the NFPA 70E Compliance Briefing (Lunch and Learn) at Madison Gas & Electric on July 16th. For details or to RSVP contact Chuck Fox at 608.212.0508, or Click to Email