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NFPA 70E

Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace

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Organization: NFPA
Publication Date: 1 January 2015
Status: inactive
Page Count: 109
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Foreword to NFPA 70E

The Standards Council of the National Fire Protection Association announced on January 7, 1976, the formal appointment of a new electrical standards development committee. Entitled the Committee on Electrical Safety Requirements for Employee Workplaces, NFPA 70E, this new committee reported to the Association through the Technical Correlating Committee on National Electrical Code®. This committee was formed to assist OSHA in preparing electrical safety standards that would serve OSHA's needs and that could be expeditiously promulgated through the provisions of Section 6(b) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. OSHA found that in attempting to utilize the latest edition of NFPA 70®, National Electrical Code® (NEC®), it was confronted with the following problems:

(1) Updating to a new edition of the NEC would have to be accomplished through the OSHA 6(b) procedures. OSHA adopted the 1968 and then the 1971 NEC under Section 6(a) procedures of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. Today, however, OSHA can only adopt or modify a standard by the procedures of Section 6(b) of the OSHA Act, which provide for public notice, opportunity for public comment, and public hearings. The adoption of a new edition of the NEC by these procedures would require extensive effort and application of resources by OSHA and others. Even so, going through the Section 6(b) procedures might result in requirements substantially different from those of the NEC, thereby creating the problem of conflict between the OSHA standard and other national and local standards.

(2) The NEC is intended for use primarily by those who design, install, and inspect electrical installations. OSHA's electrical regulations address employers and employees in their workplaces. The technical content and complexity of the NEC is extremely difficult for the average employer and employee to understand.

(3) Some of the detailed provisions within the NEC are not directly related to employee safety and, therefore, are of little value for OSHA's needs.

(4) Requirements for electrical safety-related work practices and maintenance of the electrical system considered critical to safety are not found in the NEC, which is essentially an electrical installation document.

Document History

January 1, 2021
Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace
(A) Covered. This standard addresses electrical safety-related work practices, safety-related maintenance requirements, and other administrative controls for employee workplaces that are necessary...
May 22, 2018
Electrical Safety in the Workplace
A description is not available for this item.
January 1, 2018
Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace
(A) Covered. This standard addresses electrical safety-related work practices, safety-related maintenance requirements, and other administrative controls for employee workplaces that are necessary...
August 17, 2017
Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace
A description is not available for this item.
August 17, 2017
Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace
A description is not available for this item.
March 10, 2015
Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace
A description is not available for this item.
January 1, 2015
Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace
(A) Covered. This standard addresses electrical safetyrelated work practices, safety-related maintenance requirements, and other administrative controls for employee workplaces that are necessary for...
NFPA 70E
January 1, 2015
Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace
Foreword to NFPA 70E The Standards Council of the National Fire Protection Association announced on January 7, 1976, the formal appointment of a new electrical standards development committee....
August 14, 2014
Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace
A description is not available for this item.
August 28, 2012
Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace
A description is not available for this item.
January 1, 2012
Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace
(A) Covered. This standard addresses electrical safety-related work practices for employee workplaces that are necessary for the practical safeguarding of employees relative to the hazards associated...
February 26, 2009
Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace
Covered. This standard addresses electrical safety requirements for employee workplaces that are necessary for the practical safeguarding of employees during activities such as the installation,...
January 1, 2009
Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace
Covered. This standard addresses electrical safety requirements for employee workplaces that are necessary for the practical safeguarding of employees during activities such as the installation,...
April 15, 2004
Standard for Electrical Safety In the Workplace
Covered. This standard addresses those electrical safety requirements for employee workplaces that are necessary for the practical safeguarding of employees in their pursuit of gainful employment....
February 11, 2004
Standard for Electrical Safety In the Workplace
Covered. This standard addresses those electrical safety requirements for employee workplaces that are necessary for the practical safeguarding of employees in their pursuit of gainful employment....
February 11, 2000
Standard for Electrical Safety Requirements for Employee Workplaces
This standard addresses those electrical safety requirements for employee workplaces that are necessary for the practical safeguarding of employees in their pursuit of gainful employment. This...
February 11, 2000
Standard for Electrical Safety Requirements for Employee Workplaces
This standard addresses those electrical safety requirements for employee workplaces that are necessary for the practical safeguarding of employees in their pursuit of gainful employment. This...
January 1, 1995
Standard for Electrical Safety Requirements for Employee Workplaces
This standard addresses those electrical safety requirements for employee workplaces that are necessary for the practical safeguarding of employees in their pursuit of gainful employment. This...
70E
June 28, 1988
STANDARD FOR ELECTRICAL SAFETY REQUIREMENTS FOR EMPLOYEE WORKPLACES
A description is not available for this item.
70E
January 1, 1983
STANDARD FOR ELECTRICAL SAFETY REQUIREMENTS FOR EMPLOYEE WORKPLACES
Scope for NFPA 70E A. This standard addresses those electrical safety requirements for employee workplaces that are necessary for the practical safeguarding of employees in their pursuit of gainful...

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