2024 NFPA 70E Update
January 1 @ 8:00 am - December 31 @ 5:00 pm$495.00
2024 NFPA 70E Changes/Refresher
"NFPA 70E requires retraining at intervals not to exceed 3 years"
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 2024 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 2024 Edition of NFPA 70E such as:
Update Structure for Searchable Format
Adding a Scope to many articles
Global Changes such as adding “Electric” to Shock
Normal Operation 7th condition added – Equipment rated for available fault current
Emergency Response Plan added to Job Safety Planning
120.5 (B)(2) Clarification regarding “Block or relieve stored non-electrical energy devices”
120.6 “Test each phase conductor at each point of work” added to ESWC
Harmonize Restricted Approach Boundaries with OSHA’s minimum approach distances
130.5 (B) Clarification that doors do not provide enough protection from an arc flash (unless arc resistant)
130.5(G) Informational Note provides examples of changes that could affect incident energy
130.5(G) New text: labels shall be sufficient durability for environment
Table 130.7(C)(15) (b) DC PPE Category Table significantly revised
320.3(A)(1) New thermal threshold added for battery safety
NEW Informative Annex S – Assessing the Condition of Maintenance
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 2024 NFPA 70E update, Jim has made available his one hour 2024 NFPA 70E Major Changes On Demand class for FREE!
This one hour course was recorded during Jim Phillips’ Global Live Streaming Event held June 27, 2023 where we had participants from 24 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)
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 2024 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.
Burn Injury, Respiratory Paralysis, Ventricular Fibrillation, “Just Curable” 2nd Degree Burns, Arc Blast Pressure, Sound Pressure, Incident Energy
CODES AND STANDARDS
OSHA 29 CFR – Part 1910, Subpart S, NFPA 70, National Electrical Code®, 2024 NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, IEEE Standard 1584™, IEEE Guide for Performing Arc Flash Hazard Calculations, Legal Requirements, Liability
2024 NFPA 70E REVISION PROCESS
“Electric” added to shock, All sections have a scope, Leather protectors are now just protectors
ARTICLE 90 INTRODUCTION
Reorganized and NEW Section for workplaces covered and not covered.
NEW AND REVISED DEFINITIONS
All definitions moved to Article 100, Terms structure modified for electronic searching
ARTICLE 110 GENERAL REQUIRMENTS FOR ELECTRICAL SAFETY-RELATED WORK PRACTICES
NEW SCOPE 110.1
Consolidation of 110.1 through 110.4 into 110.2
NEW 110.2(B) WHEN REQUIRED – Electrically Safe Work Condition
7th condition added to “normal operation” list. The equipment is rated for the available fault current.
No evidence of impending failure – NEW Informational Note for evaluating water damaged electrical equipment.
ELECTRICAL SAFETY PROGRAM
General, Inspection, Awareness and Self Discipline, Electrical Safety Program Principles, Controls and Procedures, Risk Assessment Procedure, Job Safety Planning and Job Briefing, Incident Investigation, Auditing, (NEW) Emergency Response Plan
Revised Text, NFPA 70E Definition, Trained and Knowledgeable Requirements, Identifies Hazards
ARTICLE 120 ESTABLISHING AN ELECTRICALLY SAFE WORK CONDITION
120.6 Text Added: “At each point of work”
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 WORK INVOLVING ELECTRICAL HAZARDS
Modifications to Tables 130.4(E)(a) and 130.4(E)(b) due to rounding and to harmonize with OSHA Minimum Approach Distances. New note added regarding elevation.
Table 130.5(C) Equipment Condition changed to Operating Condition, 130.5(G) New informational note regarding changes made by utilities or other entities.
ENERGIZED ELECTRICAL WORK PERMIT
Purpose of Permit, When Required, Data Required, Approvals Process,
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, IEC Standards, Revise Informational Note to 130.7(C)(1) Examples of Risk Reduction Methods. Revision to hearing protection requirements. Term “Gauntlet” is remove.
ARC FLASH WARNING LABELS
NEW Requirement – Label shall have sufficient durability. 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, Energy Thresholds added or revised for Article 320, 330,
Summary of Informative Annexes, Annex O Employee Safety-Related Design Concepts and Facility Owner Responsibilities – Addition of High-Impedance protected test points for voltage measurement through door. NEW Annex S Assessing the Condition of Maintenance
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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