It’s not terribly common anymore but still, there are times when people are rushed to the hospital after sustaining life threatening injuries from improperly performing electrical work on energized wiring. Code compliance could prevent those injuries.
This situation can happen to anyone at anytime, particularly when NFPA 70E, NEC, IEEE or OSHA guidelines regarding arc flash safety are not properly followed. At Miller Electric, we take electrical safety very seriously.
Industry Standards That Address Arc Flash
Several industry standards discuss how to avoid injury from arc flashes:
- OSHA, 29 Code of Federal Regulations Part 1910, Subpart S
- NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety Requirements for Employee Workplaces
- ANSI / NFPA 70, National Electrical Code (NEC)
- IEEE 1584, Guide for Performing Arc-Flash Hazard Calculations
Together, these regulations help facility owners, employers and contractors understand both the danger of arc flashes and their role in helping avoid that danger.
Why Code Compliance Matters so Much
Generally, OSHA expresses the conditions necessary for a safe workplace; NFPA 70E advises how to make a workplace safe; IEEE offers specific steps in how to support NFPA 70E, including how to calculate incident energy to determine what kind of PPE to provide; and NEC provides specifics on things like exactly what information must now be required on arc flash warning labels.
“All of the standards work together to protect human lives as they intersect with electricity,” says Scott Love, Safety Director for Miller Electric. “That’s why code compliance is so crucial. Those of us in the electrical construction industry and anyone involved in electrical maintenance need to be reminded often that the best way to work safely with electricity is to follow these standards.”
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