Posted On: May 3, 2017

NFPA 70e Compliance Guide 2021

What's in NFPA 2021?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 739 US workers suffered fatal electrical injuries between 2012 and 2016. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) updates the Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace (70E) every three years for firefighters to stay current with industry practices and prevent related accidents. Are you in compliance with the 2021 edition of the NFPA 70E standards

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NFPA 70E (2021): Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace

Duration Hours: 4

2021 standards on reducing the risks associated with electricity at your jobsite.


Electrical power is an essential element at home and work. It can be a dangerous force if not managed properly and should be dealt with in a safe manner while conducting workplace operations. As an employee or an employer, it is important that you understand the importance of electrical safety. National Fire Protection Association – NFPA 70E covers standards for electrical safety in the workplace. Throughout this course, you will review the relationship between the Occupational Safety...

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Electrocution is one of the leading causes of worker fatalities. NFPA and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) developed complementary guidelines that emphasize electrical safety at work to improve safety and promote awareness. 

NFPA 70E is a nationally recognized safety standard for workers and employers who need to meet OSHA 1910 Subpart S and OSHA 1926 Subpart K requirements. Simply put, OSHA's standards specify what must be done to minimize exposure to electrical hazards—while NFPA 70E enumerates how to do it. The standard covers how to:

  • Introduction to NFPA 70E
  • Safety-Related Work Practices
  • Safety-Related Maintenance Requirements
  • Safety Requirements for Special Equipment 

Using NFPA 70E as a guide, employers and workers better understand the necessary measures to prevent electrocution, shock, arc blast, arc flash, and similar accidents or injuries. 

What's in the 2021 Edition?

NFPA 70E gets revised every three years to reflect the industry's current safety, maintenance, and training needs. Here are the significant changes in the 2021 edition of NFPA 70E according to the 2021 NFPA 70E Fact Sheet.

  • Article 110: Some requirements in Article 110 are reorganized for a more logical progression, including moving general principles of lockout/tag out from Section 120.2 and general principles of an electrically safe work condition and energized work requirements from Section 130.2. A new subsection 110.5(K) requires that an employer's electrical safety program include a policy on instituting a safe working condition. 
  • Article 130: Sections 130.1 and 130.2 are rewritten to accommodate the relocation of info from former Sections 130.2(A) to 110.3 and to keep the focal point of Article 130 on requirements related to work involving electrical hazards. 
  • Table 130.5(C): Revisions were made to Table 130.5(C), that can be used to help estimate the likelihood of an arc flash incident, including a new entry for the initial circuit breaker or switch operation and again after maintenance, as each has a greater likelihood of an arc-flash event. 
  • Section 350.9: Energy thresholds for electrical equipment and systems in laboratories are revised to accurately reflect the information in the Informational Note's resource document, and the capacitive circuit threshold is deleted to prevent duplication and potential confusion with the new Article 360. 
  • Article 360: This new article on the safety requirements for capacitors has been added.

NPA 70E Training and Guidance

Staying on top of these regulatory updates can be overwhelming. To keep you in the loop, developed a self-paced and mobile-compatible course based on the latest edition of NFPA 70E. Sign up for the 2021 NFPA 70E course here.
Download the 2021 NFPA 70E fact sheet from the NFPA here.

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