2021 NFPA 70E Update
October 29, 2021 @ 8:00 am - December 30, 2023 @ 5:00 pm
2021 NFPA 70E Update/Refresher
Retraining in safety-related work practices and applicable changes to NFPA 70E shall be performed at intervals not to exceed 3 years. This time frame is so employees can keep up to date with the triennial revision cycle of this important electrical safety standard.
Jim Phillips, P.E. helps you complete this NFPA 70E requirement by walking you through the major changes to the 2021 Edition of NFPA 70E as well as providing a refresher about electrical safety and this important standard.
Live Streaming Daily Schedule*
This class covers major changes to the 2021 Edition of NFPA 70E such as:
Reorganization of Article 110
Moving Priority from Article 105 to 110.1 to emphasize the importance
Addition of informational note regarding online training
A new Article 360 regarding capacitor safety was added
New section about Electrically Safe Work Policy
There is a New Sub Section about Equipment Use
Clarification regarding “Block or relive stored non-electrical energy devices”
Annex D was revised to reflect the 2018 Edition of IEEE 1584
Annex R – Working with Capacitors was added
New examples of risk reduction methods when testing absence of voltage with an incident energy greater than arc rating of commercially available arc rated PPE
New task added to Table 130.5(C) “operating a circuit breaker or switch for the first time under all conditions is listed as “Yes” regarding likelihood of an arc flash incident
A new informational note was added regarding the arc rating of outer layers used for safety or protection from the elements
New note regarding multi-employer work sites – more than one employer can be responsible
0.8 CEUs / 8 PDHs and a Certificate are included
“Plan B” – FREE Training Option
Training budgets can some times pose challenges so here is Plan B. If you are unable to attend the 8 hour version of the 2021 NFPA 70E update, We would like to make available for you a free one hour 2021 NFPA 70E Update Online class.
This one hour course was recorded during Jim Phillips’ live streaming course held June 18, 2020 where we had participants from 18 different countries! This online course is part of our new online platform designed for you to learn anytime and anywhere.
Take the course, successfully complete the short quiz and print out your continuing education certificate and transcript. (and this one is free)
Learn how to register for the FREE course and obtain a continuing education transcript and certificate of completion
(scroll down to “How to Begin Filling Your Brain”)
The instructor, Jim Phillips is not just another trainer reading a script. Jim’s training is based on his insider’s view from holding many leadership positions for the development of various electrical safety standards coupled with his arc flash testing experience and broad electrical power background. This provides him a unique perspective from the inside – a perspective he loves sharing with others. When asked questions about some topics, his explanations often run along the line of “Well, here’s what happened in the lab when we blew it up…”
Here is a sample of Jim’s involvement.
♦ Vice Chair – IEEE 1584 – IEEE Guide for Performing Arc Flash Calculations
♦ Technical Committee Member – NFPA 70E Committee
♦ International Chair – Geneva, Switzerland based, IEC TC78 Live Working 40+ global standards including many for arc flash.
♦ IEEE/NFPA Arc Flash Collaborative Research Project – Member of the Steering Committee
♦ Author of Complete Guide to Performing Arc Flash Hazard Calculation Studies
For a summary of the 2021 changes to NFPA 70E based on Jim’s article published in the multi-award winning Electrical Contractor Magazine
Watch Jim explain why electrical equipment’s doors are not considered as protection from an arc flash. One of his arc flash tests illustrates how doors can blow open during an arc flash.
- HUMAN EFFECTS
Physiological Effects, Tissue Damage, Internal Organ Damage, Burns, Fibrillation, “Curable” 2nd Degree Burn Requirements, Arc Blast Pressure, Sound Pressure, Incident Energy and 1.2 Calories/cm2
- CODES AND STANDARDS
OSHA 29 CFR – Part 1910, Subpart S, NFPA 70, National Electrical Code®, 2021 NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, IEEE Standard 1584™, IEEE Guide for Performing Arc Flash Hazard Calculations, Legal Requirements, Liability
- CATEGORIES OF ELECTRICAL HAZARDS
Electric Shock, Arc Flash, Arc Blast, Sound Pressure, Shrapnel, UV Light
- OVERVIEW OF MAJOR CHANGES TO THE 2021 EDITION
- NEW AND REVISED DEFINITIONS
- OVERVIEW OF REORGANIZATION OF ARTICLE 110
- ELECTRICAL SAFETY PROGRAM
Overview of Changes, General, Inspection, Awareness and Self Discipline, Electrical Safety Program Principles, Controls and Procedures, Risk Assessment Procedure, Job Safety Planning and Job Briefing, Incident Investigation (New), Auditing
- QUALIFIED PERSON
NFPA 70E Definition, Trained and Knowledgeable Requirements, Identifies Hazards
- ARTICLE 120
- REVISION TO LOCKOUT DEVICE REQUIREMENTS
New addition to align NFPA 70E with OSHA language
- PROCESS FOR ESTABLISHING AND VERIFYING AN ELECTRICALLY SAFE WORK CONDITION
Verification Steps, Methods Used, PPE to be Worn During Procedure
- ARTICLE 130
- OVERVIEW OF REORGANIZATION
Review of reorganization to accommodate material being relocated to Article 110
- ENERGIZED ELECTRICAL WORK PERMIT
Purpose of Permit, Data Required, Approvals Process, Clarification to Relieve Stored Mechanical Energy – Now Referred to as “Nonelectrical Energy”
- SHOCK RISK ASSESSMENT
Overview, General, Shock Risk Assessment, Addition of Estimate of Likelihood and Severity Requirement, Additional Protective Measures, Shock PPE, Documentation, Shock Protection Boundaries, Limited Approach Boundary, Restricted Approach Boundary
- ARC FLASH RISK ASSESSMENT
Reorganization Overview, General, Estimate of Likelihood of Severity, Arc Flash Risk Assessment, Additional Protective Measures, Documentation, Arc Flash Boundary, Arc Flash PPE, Incident Energy Analysis Method, IEEE 1584, Effect of Arc Flash Duration, Time Current Curves and Protective Devices, Incident Energy and Distance, Selection of Arc Rated Clothing and PPE. Equipment Labeling, Exception for No Detail on Labels.
- ARCING SHORT CIRCUIT CURRENT AND ARC DURATION
Basic concepts of short circuit current, understanding arc duration and time-current curves
- ARC FLASH BOUNDARY
AFB Definition, Purpose, How to Determine, Work Within the Arc Flash Boundary
- NFPA 70E PPE CATEGORIES
Defining the PPE Category using NFPA 70E Tables, PPE Category 1, 2, 3, 4 Requirements, Limitations of Tables, Using Calculations Instead, PPE Category Tables for DC arc flash
- PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
General, Care of Equipment, Personal Protective Equipment, Arc Rated Clothing, ASTM Testing, Face Protection, Hand Protection, Foot Protection, Head, Face, Neck and Chin Protection, Eye and Hearing Protection, Addition of IEC Standards to list of PPE standards.
- ARC FLASH WARNING LABELS
NFPA 70E Requirements, ANSI Z535, Signal Words, Information to List on the Label, Simplified Labeling Strategy, Exception where specific information not required.
- OVERVIEW OF CHAPTERS TWO AND THREE
Summary of Major Topics, New Article 360 Safety-Related Requirements for Capacitors
- INFORMATIVE ANNEXES
Summary of Informative Annexes, Annex D – Deletion of IEEE 1584 Equations – Why, New Annex R – Working With Capacitors
Why is NFPA 70E Such an Important Standard?
According to OSHA 1910.132(d) The employer is responsible to assess the hazards in the work place, select, have, and use the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and document the assessment. The use of NFPA 70E and other related industry consensus standards has been used to demonstrate whether an employer acted reasonably when there is a possible OSHA enforcement action taken.
So although NFPA 70E is not directly part of OSHA standards, it can be used as evidence of whether an employer acted reasonably in complying with OSHA standards and addressing “recognized hazards”.
There are more specific links within the OSHA standards as well. A typical example is found in 1910.335, Safeguards for personnel protection which requires: “(a)(1)(i) Employees working in areas where there are potential electrical hazards shall be provided with, and shall use, electrical protective equipment that is appropriate for the specific parts of the body to be protected and for the work to be performed.”
This regulation requires that employees must be properly protected from potential electrical hazards, by using adequate PPE, but it does not provide specific detail of what specific personal protective equipment is necessary to achieve the objective. NFPA 70E is used to define the specific details and requirements.
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