Using NFPA 70E to Stay Alive

James R. White, Shermco Industries Columns, Summer 2019 Columns, Tech Quiz

This month’s Tech Quiz takes a bit different look at NFPA 70E requirements.
What is involved in electrical testing? As with most things, it’s not as simple as it may seem.

1. If you are a crew leader, what is the first thing you would do to test a transformer?

a. De-energize it

b. Isolate it by lockout/tagout (LOTO)

c. Complete a job safety assessment

d. Gather the crew together for a job briefing

2. What is the new risk assessment requirement in NFPA 70E 2018?

a. Human error

b. Awareness and self-discipline

c. Hierarchy of risk control methods

d. Electrical safety program principles

3. In NFPA 70E 2018, what has been added to the job briefing section 110.1(I)? Hint: This is also the second step in question 1.

a. Auditing

b. Documentation

c. Change in scope

d. Job safety planning

4. Referring back to question 1, what is the second step in that task?

a. Implement the hierarchy of risk control methods

b. Complete an energized electrical work permit

c. Gather the crew together for a job briefing

d. Isolate it by LOTO

5. Again referring to question 1, what is the third step?

a. De-energize it

b. Isolate it by LOTO

c. Complete a job safety assessment

d. Gather the crew together for a job briefing

 

 

James (Jim) R. White, Vice President of Training Services, has worked for Shermco Industries Inc. since 2001. He is a NFPA Certified Electrical Safety Compliance Professional and a NETA Level 4 Senior Technician. Jim is NETA’s principal member on NFPA Technical Committee NFPA 70E®, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace®, NETA’s principal representative on National Electrical Code® Code-Making Panel (CMP) 13, and represents NETA on ASTM International Technical Committee F18, Electrical Protective Equipment for Workers. Jim is Shermco Industries’ principal member on NFPA Technical Committee for NFPA 70B, Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance and represents AWEA on the ANSI/ISEA Standard 203 Secondary Single-Use Flame Resistant Protective Clothing for Use Over Primary Flame Resistant Protective Clothing. An IEEE Senior Member, Jim received the IEEE/IAS/PCIC Electrical Safety Excellence Award in 2011 and NETA’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 2013. Jim was Chairman of the IEEE Electrical Safety Workshop in 2008 and is currently Vice-Chair for the IEEE IAS/PCIC Safety Subcommittee.