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Tip of the Week: NFPA 70E

Tip of the Week: NFPA 70E

Tips on why to own a copy of this standard

Become familiar with the 2015 edition of NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace. This began as a weak standard, but that is no longer the case. Of all the electrical standards produced by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), only the NEC outsells NFPA 70E.

The NEC is officially known as NFPA 70, National Electrical Code; it and NFPA 70E should be used together. NFPA 70 is the first in a series of standards bearing NFPA 70 in the title. NFPA 70B provides the recommended practices for maintaining electrical equipment. NFPA 70C covers classifying hazardous locations.

Just as the NEC confuses many people, so does NFPA 70E. A key to clearing the NEC fog is understanding how the NEC is laid out and what that layout means. This also works for NFPA 70E. With the 2015 edition, Chapter 4 from the 2009 version was removed.

In future tips, we’ll look at what was included.

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