Implementing an Energized Electrical Work Program
(Zephyr Environmental Corp., Austin, TX)
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Both the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) have established regulations and standards with allowances for some electrical work being performed on energized circuits. To ensure conformance to these requirements it is important for companies to develop company specific energized electrical work programs that detail the procedures to be followed for authorizing, permitting, performing and documenting energized electrical work tasks. This presentation provides details about making determinations of whether or not energized electrical work can be authorized or “justified” per NFPA 70E and discusses the relevance of OSHA’s separate rules for “maintenance” and “construction”, in 29 CFR 1910 and 29 CFR 1926, respectively. The presentation offers a decision tree that can be used to determine when energized work can be allowed and details corresponding best practices for work permits, personal protective equipment, training and documentation.