5 Major Changes in NFPA 70E 2018 including New Arc Flash Label Requirements!
After several revisions, NFPA launched the 2018 version of NFPA 70E as an evolution of electrical safety. This new edition of NFPA 70E has several updates including changes to the Arc flash tables, electrical safety and maintenance planning, hierarchy of risk controls, conformity assessment of PPE, and Risk Assessments.
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1: Change of Definition — Arc Flash Boundary
The revised definition of arc flash boundary uses the term “Stoll Skin Burn” instead of “Second degree burn”.
2: Newly Proposed Arc flash PPE Requirements
As per the new edition of NFPA 70E 2018, only one of the two methods can be used for the selection of Arc flash PPE.
3: Incident Energy Category Revision
In 2018 NFPA 70E edition, Incident energy levels have been changed and categorized into the levels of A, B, C and D.
4: Selection of Right PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
Purchasing the right PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) has always been a challenge for companies or those individuals responsible for making such decisions in their electrical facilities.
5: No Additional PPE — When Performing thermography
Another major change to NFPA 70E 2018 edition is to perform infrared thermography without any additional PPE.
AllumiaX has compiled 5 major changes in the NFPA 70 E edition in detail including new arc flash label requirements which can certainly help commercial operators to improve work conditions in their facilities.
If you’re a facility owner or manager concerned about the safety of your employees, you may need to adhere to the recent changes made in the NFPA 70 E 2018 edition. To learn more about these in detail, follow AllumiaX on Facebook and Twitter and stay updated with all the latest news regarding electrical engineering.
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Abdur Rehman is a professional electrical engineer with more than eight years of experience working with equipment from 208V to 115kV in both the Utility and Industrial & Commercial space. He has a particular focus on Power Systems Protection & Engineering Studies.
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