NFPA 70E Revision Cycle Begins
Over the last three years, NFPA 70E-2004 Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace has revolutionized safety attitudes in the electrical construction industry. Terms like PPE (personal protective equipment), arc-blast, and limited approach boundary are now commonly used to describe electrical hazards and safeguards, while NFPA 70E has become one of the National Fire Protection Association's best-selling publications.
Like the National Electrical Code (NEC) and other industry standards, NFPA 70E is revised at regular intervals to stay current with electrical construction methods and protection technologies. 2009 Cycle Begins
The revision cycle leading up to the 2009 edition of 70E will officially begin with a four-day Report on Proposals (ROP) meeting in Hilton Head Island, SC. From January 16-20, committee members will review, discuss, and vote upon 579 change proposals. Many of these involve the following two tables, which together form the heart of the NFPA 70E standard:
- Table 130.7(C)(9)(a) - Hazard/Risk Category Classifications
- Table 130.7(C)(10) - Protective Clothing and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Matrix
Because a large number of proposals was anticipated, the NFPA 70E committee held a pre-ROP meeting in Raleigh, NC on August 22-23. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss general concepts for reorganizing the standard and making it easier to use. NECA is represented on the NFPA 70E committee by John Luke of ESCO Electric Company, headquartered in Marion, OH.