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IRISS has announced the release of the 2015 NFPA 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace. According to the company, NFPA 70E compliance saves lives, reduces liability and helps avoid unexpected downtime and revenue loss.

NFPA 70E

In a fraction of a second, an electrical incident can claim lives and cause permanently disabling injuries. Most incidents could be prevented through compliance with NFPA 70E. Originally developed at OSHA’s request, NFPA 70E responds to the latest information about the effects of arc flash, arc blast and direct current (DC) hazards, as well as recent developments in electrical design and personal protective equipment (PPE).

The 2015 NFPA 70E helps users to assess electrical risks on the job, making them more aware of the potential for loss.

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Key features of the 2015 NFPA 70E

  • The latest edition introduces a major change in how stakeholders evaluate electrical risk — so that owners, managers and employees can work together to ensure an electrically safe working area and comply with OSHA 1910 Subpart S and OSHA 1926 Subpart K.
  • Key changes throughout the standard replace the phrase ‘hazard analysis’ with ‘risk assessment’ to enable a shift in awareness about the potential for failure.
  • There is also a change in naming from ‘Hazard Risk Category’ to ‘Arc Flash PPE Category’ and elimination of Hazard Risk Category 0.
  • A requirement has been added for proper maintenance of electrical equipment for both energised and de-energised maintenance.
  • Updated tables add clarity to requirements, such as the restricted-approach boundary dimensions in Table 130.4 (D)(a).
  • The new requirement 320.3 (A)(1) covers risk assessment associated with battery work.
  • A new subsection in 130.2 (A)(4) provides requirements where normal operation of electric equipment is permitted.
  • Annex E includes updated text to correlate with the redefined terminology associated with hazard and risk. This annex provides clarity and consistency about definitions as well as risk management principles vital to electrical safety.

IRISS

IRISS is the manufacturer of the world’s first and only industrial-grade infrared windows. Their design is based on the 17 years of field experience that the company’s founder, Martin Robinson, gained as a Level III thermographer. And it is this end-user perspective that makes IRISS unique in the industry.

IRISS designs and manufacturers IR (Infrared) windows and safety solutions for electrical assets and provides training for electrical engineers.

IRISS provides its customers with unsurpassed quality at every touch point and focusses on continuously improving infrared (IR) window technology, building reliable products, exceeding customer expectations, whilst remaining a science-based R&D company and protecting their polymer IR windows through the IRISS Unconditional Lifetime Warranty.

IRISS industrial-grade IR windows facilitate safer, more efficient inspections of energized electrical equipment when compared to traditional crystal windows. IRISS award-winning, IR window designs feature a durable transparent polymer lens that allows visual, UV, and short/mid/longwave IR spectrum inspections. And…is available in custom shapes, sizes, and colours to fit the needs of any application.

As solution providers, the team at IRISS brings a multitude of experience from world-class maintenance programs together to meet the individual needs of commercial, industrial, marine, power generation and government maintenance programs.

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