Step 1: Develop and Audit Electrical Safe Work Practices (ESWP) Policy

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This is a written document created by the employer that covers all areas of the company’s electrical safety practices. It includes such things as lockout/tagout procedures, method of qualifying the workers, selection and application of PPE, methods of establishing a safe work area, arc flash and shock protection calculations, equipment labeling and worker audit procedures. While the requirement of developing and enforcing a safety policy has been in NFPA 70E for several revision cycles, it has been further refined in the 2012 standard.
 
Audit the Safety Policy
2012 NFPA 70E clarifies and expands upon the requirement to audit the safety policy itself. This audit must be performed on a three-year cycle to assure continued compliance of the policies and procedures to the standard. When the auditing determines that the principles and procedures of the electrical safety program are not being followed, the appropriate revisions to the training program or revisions to the procedures shall be made.
 
In addition, workers must be evaluated for compliance to the standards and the policy, and any deviations must be documented.