In Episode 33 of “EC&M Tech Talks,” Randy Barnett, a journeyman electrician, inspector, author, trainer, and NFPA-certified electrical safety compliance professional, discusses the recent changes to the NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace.
Randy first answers if workplaces need to revise your electrical safety program to comply with the 2024 NFPA 70E? One of the most important changes — and one we were probably performing in the field already — is a requirement for the live-dead-live to be performed at the point of work. Other changes includes terminology revisions for clarity, minor changes to the shock protection boundaries, and the addition of a new Informative Annex regarding electrical maintenance.
Some may consider the changes to be minor regarding this new, thirteenth edition of the NFPA 70E. Any ANSI-approved standard governing how we work in the field and what we document in written programs and procedures must be adhered to for not only for compliance, but also for worker safety. So grab your NFPA 70E Standard, a red pen, and prepare to learn.