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Saturday, July 01, 2006

Doing It The Right Way: NFPA 70E

"Sad stories abound. Money can be wasted. Ensuring electrical safety in the workplace is not an option--it's one of the most important things you'll ever do." A noted expert on electrical safety, John C. Klinger, P.E., offers several suggestions for effective compliance in an article in the May 2006 issue of Maintenance Technology magazine.

Using a bullet point list of do's and don'ts, Mr. Klingler provides a comprehensive introduction to implementing and following the requirements and standards of NFPA 70E. He starts by discussing why NFPA 70E is important:

"NFPA 70E is the most comprehensive electrical safety standard available today. There are other excellent electrical safety standards including the National Electrical Code, but NFPA 70E is the only on that addresses electrically safe work practices, electrical maintenance safety, special electrical equipment and electrical installation safety in one document."

He goes on to explain that NFPA 70E not only results in complete compliance with OSHA requirements, it addresses the need for electrical protection for your employees, vendors, contractors and others who work in your facility.

The article provides a series of practical suggestions that both improve safety and eliminate waste, and thus reduce costs. It covers topics such as proceedures, PPE, training, documentation, labeling and evaluation.

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