Proposed Changes to NFPA 70E - Electrical Safety in the Workplace

The primary purpose of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is to enforce safety and health standards for most of the country’s workers by mandating by federal law that employers provide a safe work environment to decrease workplace hazards. OSHA recommends that both employers and employees cooperatively establish workplace-specific safety standards.

The 2015 Edition of 70E's Revision Cycle

The 2015 edition is not complete and is still in the new process of NFPA’s industry consensus standards updates. The following summarizes this new process:

Step 1 – Public Input Stage

  • Public Input Closing Date
  • First Draft Meeting
  • Ballot of First Draft
  • First Draft Report 

Step 2 – Comment Stage

  • Comment Closing Date
  • Second Draft Meeting
  • Ballot of Second Draft
  • Second Draft Report

Step 3 – Notice of Intent to Make a Motion (NITMAM)

  • NITMAM Closing Date
  • NITMAM Received and Certified

Step 4 – General Association Technical Meeting

Step 5 – Council Appeals and Issuance of New Standard

During the First Draft meeting in August 2012, 448 Public Inputs were reviewed and voted on that were used to generate 173 First Draft revisions. There were also 13 Correlating Committee Notes (CCNs) that came from NFPA and were incorporated into the First Draft revisions.

Then during the Second Draft meeting in June 2013, 250 public comments were used to generate 61 Second Draft Revisions along with 10 CCNs from NFPA.

The following are the highlights of the Second Draft Report for Chapter 1: (NOTE: The underlined items are new or reformatted material.)

  • Change Table 130.4(C)(a) from "50 V - 300 V" to "50 V - 150 V" and change the next row to "151 V - 750 V" and retain the dc table from the 2012 edition.

  • Section 110.2 (C) Emergency Response Training.

(1) Contact Release. Employees exposed to shock hazards shall be trained in methods of safe release of victims from contact with exposed energized electrical conductors or circuit parts. Refresher training shall occur annually.

(2) First Aid, Emergency Response, and Resuscitation.

 (a) Employees responsible for responding to medical emergencies shall be trained in first aid and emergency procedures.

 (b) Employees responsible for responding to medical emergencies shall be trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Refresher training shall occur annually.

 (c) Employees responsible for responding to medical emergencies shall be trained in the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) if an employer's emergency response plan includes the use of this device. Refresher training shall occur annually.

(3) Training Verification. Employers shall verify at least annually that employee training required by this section is current.

(4) Documentation. The employer shall document that the training require