NFPA 70E Code Changes

The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) codes and standards are used as a basis for safety regulations by government agencies and other private companies. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) currently has jurisdiction over all private sector employers in the U.S. and enforces electrical workplace safety requirements outlined in NFPA 70E. OSHA investigates when electrical incidents take place and in routine inspections.
70E is the standard for electrical safety within the work place and is typically updated every three years. Significant changes have occurred within the last two editions of NFPA 70E that employers need to be aware of.


2012 NFPA 70E Code Changes

In 2012, the NFPA made the following updates to 70E:

  • Development and enforcement of Electrical Safe Work Practices
  • Employee Training Audits
  • Required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Equipment Labeling


2009 NFPA 70E Code Changes

NFPA 70E added some important code changes, that many facilities may have overlooked. In particular those that are not aware of current regulatory standards.
  • General Requirements for Electrical Safety-Related Work Practices
  • Re-Certification of CPR-Trained Employees
  • Work Involving Electrical Hazards
  • General Maintenance Requirements