NFPA 70E Workshop Recap: Your Energized Electrical Work Questions Answered

On May 24, 2016, Faith Technologies held a NFPA 70E workshop at the Bridgewood Conference Center in Neenah, WI. The turnout was great with nearly 100 attendees who traveled from Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois. The main topic of discussion was electrical safety in the workplace, and we also presented on electrical safe work programs, lock out tag out (LOTO), arc flash, shock hazard personal protective equipment (PPE), and energized work conditions.

During the workshop, there were two main questions attendees wanted to know:

  1. What is an energized work condition?
  2. What steps are taken to keep employees safe in an energized work condition?

Although the answer is quite complex, I’ll give you the simple definition. If there is voltage going into an enclosure, that’s considered an energized work condition.

If we need to test, troubleshoot, or work on something in an energized work condition, we must follow specific guidelines to remain safe. If we have to work on energized circuit parts, besides testing and troubleshooting, we must have an Energized Electrical Work Permit and be wearing the proper PPE including both arc and shock hazard PPE.

Even when not working directly with energized circuit parts, but when working near them, it’s still a requirement to have the proper permit and be wearing the arc and shock hazard PPE. Lastly, if we are testing and troubleshooting on live energized circuit parts, we are still required to wear the proper PPE, but it’s not a requirement to have the Energized Electrical Safe Work Permit. All of these requirements and more are outlined in the 2015 NFPA 70E codebook.

For more information on arc flash compliance, NFPA 70E, and future Faith Technologies seminars and workshops, please visit our website www.faithERM.com.