EC&M Asks — NFPA 70E Requirements for Electrical PPE

April 12, 2024
In Episode 33, SME Tommy Northcott shares best practices for choosing proper and effective PPE.

In Episode 33 of “EC&M Asks,” our subject matter expert Tommy Northcott, P.E., a senior power engineer and branch manager for Jacobs Technology, Inc., answers a popular question he gets: When is electrical personal protective equipment (PPE) needed? He addresses how to use NFPA 70E requirements to develop a formalized thought process that will lead users to a safe answer, which ultimately results in mitigating electrical hazards through proper PPE usage. 

With almost 20 years in the electrical industry as an electrical engineer, project manager, arc flash program manager, electrical safety trainer, and utility manager, Northcott brings a broad range of experience into his passion toward electrical safety. Northcott has a B.S. in electrical engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer in two states. He is also a principal committee member on the NFPA 70B Committee for Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance.

About the Author

Tommy Northcott | Senior Power Engineer

Northcott earned a BS Degree in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in Power Systems from Tennessee Technological University. He is a Professional Engineer licensed in the State of Tennessee, a Certified Reliability Leader, and a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional and is a current principle member on the NFPA 70B committee (Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance). Tommy has broad experience working with large electric utility systems as a Systems Engineer, Arc Flash Program Manager, Operations and Maintenance Manager, and Reliability Engineering Manager. Tommy has extensive experience in operations and maintenance of electrical equipment, performing arc flash analysis calculations, developing and conducting electrical safety training and developing company electrical safety standards to ensure OSHA and NFPA 70E compliance. Currently, Tommy is a Senior Power Engineer with Jacobs Technology Inc.

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