Electrical Safety Code Manual

A Plain Language Guide to National Electrical Code, OSHA and NFPA 70E


  • Kimberley Keller

Safety in any workplace is extremely important. In the case of the electrical industry, safety is critical and the codes and regulations which determine safe practices are both diverse and complicated. Employers, electricians, electrical system designers, inspectors, engineers and architects must comply with safety standards listed in the National Electrical Code, OSHA and NFPA 70E. Unfortunately, the publications which list these safety requirements are written in very technically advanced terms and the average person has an extremely difficult time understanding exactly what they need to do to ensure safe installations and working environments.This book will tie together the various regulations and practices for electrical safety and translate these complicated standards into easy to understand terms. This will result in a publication that is a practical, if not essential, asset to not only designers and company owners but to the electricians who must put compliance requirements into action in the field.
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ElectriciansConstruction EngineersConstruction Managers ContractorsPlumbersHVAC EngineersSafety and Health Engineers


Book information

  • Published: June 2010
  • ISBN: 978-1-85617-654-5

Table of Contents

CHAPTER ONERegulatory Agencies and Organizations: What Are They and What Do They Do?American National Standards Institute (ANSI)National Electrical Code (NEC)National Electrical Safety Code (NESC)National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)CHAPTER TWOEstablishing An Effective Electrical Safety ProgramElements of a compliant, practical safety programSafety trainingsEffective safety meetingsPre-job briefingsMaintaining recordsPromoting safety in the fieldCHAPTER THREERecognizing the Real Dangers of ElectricityEffects of electricity on Blast and flash injuriesFireElectrocution CHAPTER FOURWorking on Energized Parts and EquipmentUnderstanding qualified, unqualified and non-essential personnelEnergized Work Analysis and PermitsLockout/Tagout proceduresStored energyRe-energizing protocols CHAPTER FIVESafe Grounding PrincipalsSafety grounding locationsApplying safety grounds and jumpersWhat is an Equipotential Zone?Control and removal of safety groundsCHAPTER SIXElectrical System Grounding and BondingGrounding electrical systemsGrounding electrical equipmentBonding conductive materialsCHAPTER SEVENUnderstanding Arc Flash and Arc Blast Hazards NFPA 70E requirementsDetermining safe approach distanceEstablishing flash protection boundariesCalculating required Arc protection levelsPersonal Protection Equipment CHAPTER EIGHTSpecific Requirements of the NESCElectric supply installationsHigh voltage systemsPower lines and transformersCommunication utilitiesCHAPTER NINENEC Standards of SafetyMinimum and maximum conductor sizesMaximum loadsHazardous and classified conditionsEnclosures and minimum clearance requirementsArc weldingCHAPTER TENOSHA Regulations SimplifiedClothing and PPEConfined spacesSurviving an OSHA hearingCHAPTER ELEVENAccident and Injury Prevention and ProceduresErgonomics - not just for offices anymoreHardhats, eye and ear protection and glovesLadder and equipment safetyWhat to do in case of an injuryAccident investigationCHAPTER TWELVESafe Work PracticesHow to make safety your top priority Save money- reduce your Workers Compensation MOD ratingUtilizing voltage measurement instrumentsHot sticks and high voltage glove maintenance Using the proper tool for the jobJob-site safety check listAPPENDIX:TerminologySafety Meeting SheetsContact Information for Various AgenciesQuick Reference Compliance Sheets