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NFPA 70E®: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace®, 2009 Edition

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NFPA 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, 2009 Edition
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    Watch NFPA®'s interview with Donny Cook, Chief Electrical Inspector, Shelby County Department of Developmental Services, Shelby County, AL, to hear him discuss NFPA 70E®.

"NFPA 70E is a tremendous benefit to installer safety...."
"NFPA 70E requires us to be aware of our own safety, and that we're not invincible. It will help young people to be safer installers today when they're 20 and when they're 50, too. We'll have a lot more of those folks around because injuries will be reduced."

    Watch NFPA's interview with Jim Pauley, P.E., Vice President, Industry and Government Relations, Schneider Electric/Square D Company, Lexington, KY, to hear him discuss NFPA 70E.

"NFPA 70E is the electrical safety requirements document for workplaces. We want to not only keep the public safe - but we want to keep the people who work around electrical hazards and around electricity, in general, safe. Documents like NFPA 70E are critical to our ability to take care of the electrical worker."

    Watch NFPA's interview with Jack Wells, Vice President - Corporate Development, Pass & Seymour/Legrand, Syracuse, NY, to hear him discuss the importance of following the safety requirements in NFPA 70E.

Ray Jones states:

"NFPA 70E offers new ways to reduce deadly hazards. Revisions in the 2009 edition will make it easier for companies to implement, and workers to follow, requirements that are proven to save lives. If NFPA 70E's requirements for task planning, lockout/tagout, PPE, and worker training were implemented, dangerous work practices would cease to be the major cause of electrical injury."

Ray Jones,
ESCS, Inc.,
Fuguay-Varina, NC

Palmer Hickman states:

"OSHA's electrical requirements don't always detail how to comply -- that's where NFPA 70E: Electrical Safety in the Workplace® can help in many cases.... This Standard offers a number of tools to help users understand how to comply. The Energized Electrical Work Permit is an example of a written hazard assessment to help identify the degree of shock and arc flash hazards for a particular task and the precautions necessary to help protect against those hazards."

Palmer Hickman,
Director of Code and Safety Training and Curriculum Development,
National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (NJATC),
Upper Marlboro, MD

Jim Dollard states:

"Most of the energized electrical work that's done in construction is a result of poor planning or convenience. It's a foregone conclusion that eventually, something will go wrong. Once an owner or company embraces safe electrical work practices through NFPA 70E, they learn to plan every job and schedule shutdowns conveniently rather than accept the risk and work energized. In training people to use NFPA 70E and embrace working culture change, I like to quote W. Edwards Deming, who said: "It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory." In order to survive, everyone involved in the electrical industry has to accept the changes that NFPA 70E brings to the workplace."

Jim Dollard,
Safety Coordinator for IBEW Local 98
Philadelphia, PA,