This half day NFPA 70E awareness class provides an overview of electrical hazards such as electric shock, arc flash and others and covers the major topics found in NFPA 70E including PPE selection and energized work permits.
The ½ day format allows employers to divide their staff into two groups with one group attending the morning session and the other group attending the afternoon session. This class provides an excellent introduction to the electrical safety principles and practices.
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
♦ International Chair – Geneva, Switzerland based, IEC TC78 Live Working – 40+ global standards including many for arc flash.
♦ NFPA 70E Technical Committee Member
♦ IEEE/NFPA Arc Flash Collaborative Research Project – Member of the Steering Committee
♦ Author of Complete Guide to Performing Arc Flash Hazard Calculation Studies
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.
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®, 2012 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
NFPA 70E Definition, Trained and Knowledgeable Requirements, Identifies Hazards,
SHOCK RISK ASSESSMENT
Defining Limited and Restricted Approach Boundaries, Voltage Exposure, PPE
ELECTRICALLY SAFE WORKING CONDITION
Steps to Establish Condition, Methods Used, PPE to be Worn During Procedure
ARC FLASH RISK ASSESSMENT
Defining the Arc Flash Boundary and Protective Clothing Requirements
ENERGIZED ELECTRICAL WORK PERMIT
Purpose of Permit, Data Required, Approvals Process
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
ARC RATED CLOTHING AND PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT SELECTION
Protective Clothing, Face Protection, Hand Protection, Foot Protection, Limitations
ARC FLASH WARNING LABELS
NFPA 70E Requirements, ANSI Z535, Signal Words, Information to List on the Label
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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