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What is NFPA 70E?

NFPA stands for National Fire Protection Association.

NFPA 70E is related to the National Electrical Code.

NFPA 70: National Electrical Code(NEC)  will describe how to design and install eletrical systems, but not how to perform the work.

NFPA 70E covers the requirements or the "how" an employee  can maintain a safe workplace. It covers and focus on practical safeguards that will still ensure productivity within their job functions.

The NEC and NFPA 70E share many of the same definitions and have identical scopes, they cover wiring the inside of buildings and similar structures. Neither standard covers utility consutruction.

NOTE: Anywhere electical construction and maintenance work happens is classed as a "Workplace" from hospitals to manufacturing facilities to superstores.

Some examples of what NFPA 70E will cover:

  1. Planning the project and ensuring all the correct permits are in place.
  2. Ensuring the correct Protective Clothing Characterisitcs have been met 
  3. Ensuring the project has been De-Energized when ever possible.
  4. Specifically Addresses Electrical Hazards
    1. Arc Flash
    2. Arc blast
    3. Electic Shock
  5. Restircting access
  6. Work aprroval signatures

In summary

The NEC covers the safety of electrical installations.

NFPA 70E covers how the workers themsleves will work safely while installing or maintaining electrical systems within the "Workplace".