Solutions for OSHA and NFPA 70E Compliance
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace® is the document most often referenced for electrical safety. OSHA enforces electrical workplace safety standards outlined in NFPA 70E. Enforcement may take place following an electrical accident or during their normal on-site inspection process.
Schneider Electric is a recognized leader in promoting electrical workplace safety and helping companies comply with the requirements of NFPA 70E. Basic compliance to NFPA 70E requirements is established with a five-step process;
- Develop and Audit Electrical Safe Work Practices Policy
- Conduct an Electrical System Study to Determine the Present Degree of Arc Flash Hazards and Apply Associated Equipment Labeling
- Ensure Adequate Supplies of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Proper Tools
- Conduct Regularly-Scheduled Safety Training and Audits for All Electrical Workers
- Maintain All Electrical Distribution System Components
A sixth step assists the facility owner with fine tuning the electrical power system, both for safety and operability
6. Follow Strategies to Mitigate and Control Arc Flash Hazards, which may include:
- Overcurrent Protective Device (OCPD) Coordination Study
- Upgrade Switchgear with a Virtual Main Relay
- Infrared Viewing Windows
- Remote Racking System
- Wireless Temperature Monitoring System
We advocate compliance to NFPA 70E not only for worker safety, but also equipment productivity. An arc flash accident can render equipment unusable and place the facility in a costly downtime mode, which could last hours or days.