NFPA 70B Committee Report

David Huffman, Power Systems Testing Company Specifications & Standards, Spring 2022 Specifications & Standards

The second draft of the NFPA 70B document, which is being rewritten as a standard, closed on February 9, 2022.  The Second Draft report is scheduled to be posted on November 2, 2022. The Second Draft meeting is anticipated to take place in the spring of 2022. This will depend on many factors, as COVID continues to disrupt schedules to …

Committee Report: NFPA 70B

David Huffman, Power Systems Testing Company Fall 2021 Specifications & Standards, Specifications & Standards

The new NFPA 70B,  Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance closed its First Draft balloting on June 11, 2021, at 11:59 PM EDT. Much work has been done — and will continue to be done — by the committee members.  This has been a huge re-write with chapters added, moved, renamed, and completely revamped. Material that was anything but a …

Committee Report: NFPA 70B

David Huffman, Power Systems Testing Company Specifications & Standards, Spring 2021 Specifications & Standards

The NFPA 70B Committee resumed bi-weekly meetings via video calls on January 8, 2021, to continue work on rewriting 70B as a standard, after just over a month break. The committee is currently working on various items that either need review or need better placement in the document.  The first draft meeting will be held in the next few months, depending …

NFPA 70B Committee Report

David Huffman, Power Systems Testing Company Fall 2020 Specifications & Standards, Specifications & Standards

The NFPA 70B committee has continued to meet every two weeks via conference and video calls. We are working on revamping chapters to make it into a standard, and while progress is sometimes slow, we appear to be on track for a First Draft for public comment sooner rather than later. With the continued issue of COVID-19, our tentative in-person …

NFPA 70B Committee Report

David Huffman, Power Systems Testing Company Specifications & Standards, Summer 2020 Specifications & Standards

The NFPA 70B committee continues to update the existing guide to a standard. They meet every other Friday for a two-hour conference call to make progress on various chapters. The chapter numbers have changed to improve the flow of the document and make it easier to follow. The progress has  been a bit slow, and now that issue has been …

NFPA 70B Committee Report

David Huffman, Power Systems Testing Company Specifications & Standards, Spring 2020 Specifications & Standards`

The NFPA Committee met in Boston in September. The meeting began with confirmation that the 70B maintenance guide would be rewritten into a maintenance standard. There had been previous discussion regarding whether to make it a recommended practice, using the word “should” in the verbiage, or to make it a standard, using the word “shall.” There are differences between a recommended practice …

NFPA 70B Committee Report

David Huffman, Power Systems Testing Company Fall 2019 Specifications & Standards, Specifications & Standards

The NFPA 70B Committee met in Nashville, Tennessee, in March 2019 to continue working on the NFPA 70B chapters. The narrative and explanatory sections in each chapter were moved to an annex.  While the current document title indicates that 70B is a recommended practice, it’s actually a guide. The work being done and keeping the word “should” in the recommended actions …