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safety matters compliance

Opposite page. Electrical-safety compliance takes expertise, and in many cases, dedicated resources.

continue to be developed, staying abreast of
them can be a challenge, especially when the
responsibility for compliance is dispersed
among different departments, sites, and geographic regions. Having disparate requirements for what may be disconnected
systems can lead to costly and dangerous
oversights.
While best practice is to partner with
regulatory experts who can support your
compliance efforts, there are several key
standards from the National Fire Protection
Association, Quincy, MA (NFPA.org), with
which all plant owners and operators should
be familiar. They include:
 National Electrical Code (NFPA 70): Comprised of electrical safety standards intended
to protect individuals from fire and shock hazards under normal conditions, NFPA 70 also

provides the requirements for arc-flash labels.
 Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace (NFPA 70E): Covering safety-related work
practices and maintenance, including those for
special equipment, the purpose of NFPA 70E
is to protect personnel by reducing exposure to
major electrical hazards.
 Recommended Practice for ElectricalEquipment Maintenance (NFPA 70B): This
standard details preventive maintenance for
electrical, electronic, and communication
systems and equipment such as those used in
industrial plants. It aims to prevent equipment failures and worker injuries.
NFPA publishes more than 300 codes
and standards. OSHA looks to the prescriptive-based requirements of these and other
standards to fulfill the performance-based
requirements included in its standards.

2. ASSESS THE STATUS QUO
Developing a plan to ensure electrical-safety
compliance is nearly impossible unless you
know the current state of your business. A
comprehensive assessment will allow sites to
identify areas of risk or non-compliance.
This assessment should go way beyond just
taking an equipment inventory. Along with
understanding all the assets of your electrical
system, the condition of those assets and the
system design should be reviewed. Additionally, connect with key site personnel to thoroughly understand their standard operating
procedures and maintenance practices.
Information collected from this type of assessment can then be used to develop a plan
for achieving electrical-safety compliance.
3. MITIGATE ARC FLASH
With plant operations experiencing higher
system voltages and higher available fault

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