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NFPA 70E – 2018 – Update/Refresher Training – 1 Day

Course No.: ES200
CEUs 0.8

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Conference1Learn about the major changes to the  2018 Edition of NFPA 70E  as well as receive refresher training about electrical safety and the NFPA 70E requirements.  This class covers the major changes to the 2018 Edition of  NFPA 70E such as a greater emphasis on the Risk Assessment, Elimination of the 40 cal/cm2 Informational Note, a new exception where details such as the Arc Flash Boundary and PPE may not be required to be listed on the Arc Flash Label, New definitions for Electrical Safety Program, Condition of Maintenance, Working Distance and many revised definitions, Major re-organizations of Article 120 and many other revisions, additions and changes!   Review how to perform a shock and arc flash risk assessment, use energized electrical work permits, select PPE, understand arc flash labels, know what to do when working within the arc flash boundary and much more.

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.
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 2018 changes to NFPA 70E based on Jim’s article published in the multi-award winning Electrical Contractor Magazine, [CLICK HERE]

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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.

INTRODUCTION

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®, 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

ARCING SHORT CIRCUIT CURRENT AND ARC DURATION
Basic concepts of short circuit current, understanding arc duration and time-current curves

OVERVIEW OF GLOBAL CHANGES

NEW AND REVISED DEFINITIONS

QUALIFIED PERSON
NFPA 70E Definition, Trained and Knowledgeable Requirements, Identifies Hazards

ELECTRICAL SAFETY PROGRAM
Overview of Changes, General, Inspection (New), Awareness and Self Discipline, Electrical Safety Program Principles, Controls and Procedures, Risk Assessment Procedure, Job Safety Planning and Job Briefing, Incident Investigation (New), Auditing

OVERVIEW OF REORGANIZATION OF ARTICLE 120

PROCESS FOR ESTABLISHING AND VERIFYING AN ELECTRICALLY SAFE WORK CONDITION
Verification Steps, Methods Used, PPE to be Worn During Procedure

SHOCK RISK ASSESSMENT
Reorganization Overview, General, Shock Risk Assessment, 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 (New)

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

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, Deletion of PPE Standards from Mandatory Text

ARC FLASH WARNING LABELS
NFPA 70E Requirements, ANSI Z535, Signal Words, Information to List on the Label, New Exception where specific information not required.


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

Jim is setting up an arc flash test.

Jim is setting up an arc flash test.

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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