PPE Table Changes in 2018 NFPA 70E

Electrical Safety PPE

When it comes to electrical safety there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), annual fatal electrical injuries have declined by more than 50% since 1992.

With the release of NFPA 70E 2018, everyone can benefit from using the Arc Flash Hazard PPE Categories tables.

The new Table 130.5(C) can be used by both individuals who used the tables method and those who have performed an incident energy analysis.

That’s right, even if you had an incident energy analysis study performed, you will now be permitted to use a table to estimate the likelihood of occurrence of an arc flash event to determine if additional protective measures are required. Moreover, a new Table 130.5(G) has been added which will provide protective clothing and PPE guidance to workers who have conducted an incident energy analysis.

Since their introduction in 2000, the tables have evolved, but have often been the source of controversy.

In the 2015 edition, the tables were recreated to simplify their use and align with the risk assessment process. This edition stated that you cannot use the tables if you performed an incident energy analysis on the equipment, however with the updated 2018 release, you will be able to utilize these resources.

Learn more in this Schneider Electric article.