Home of Building Operating Management & Facility Maintenance Decisions

Insider Reports

Energy Efficiency eBook
eBook Energy Star Score Action Plan
This eBook explores the updated Energy Star scoring metrics and what they mean for your facility.
Sign up for eBook

Facility Manager Cost Saving/Best Practice Quick Reads    RSS Feed

Protecting Against Electrical Hazards

nfpa, osha, electrical hazards, arc flash, ppe, personal protective equipment

This is Chris Matt, Managing Editor of Print & E-Media, with Maintenance Solutions magazine. Today's tip is protecting against electrical hazards.

The second most common area for violations and citations from OSHA - or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration - concerns electrical hazards, which are a real concern in the maintenance and engineering profession. The nature of tasks technicians perform places them at risk of electrocution and arc-flash burns.

Recently, OSHA revised its electrical safety regulations to provide employees greater protection, and standard 70E from the National Fire Protection Association - or NFPA - goes even further to protect employees. In particular, the updated standards serve to protect employees from arc-flash hazards.

To better protect maintenance and engineering technicians, OSHA and NFPA 70E recommend the following hazard-control initiatives:

    • a permit for energized electrical work
    • pre-work job briefings
    • the use of PPE, or personal protective equipment
    • the use of insulated tools
    • a written electrical-safety program
    • qualified personnel training
    • flash-hazard labeling.


Read next on FacilitiesNet