NFPA 70E: Importance of Risk Assessment in Electrical Safety Programs

Risk reduction is the foundation of a profound electrical safety program.

Electrical safety is all about minimizing risks to acceptable levels that protect both workers and employers from the devastating effects of electrical shock and arc-flash hazards. Electrical safety is only achieved when the equipment design, safety controls, policies, and procedures all come together in harmony when the worker performs a task. No piece of equipment, device, or safety policy by itself can make a system safe. It is imperative that employers thoroughly understand, identify, analyze, and evaluate the risks their workers are exposed to while performing their tasks and implement robust risk control techniques and procedures in place to protect their workforce.

Recent changes to NFPA 70E, 2018 standard put more emphasis on the risk assessment area by introducing a risk control hierarchy to the standards section and further adding human factors, such as human error to the risk assessment. This webinar will focus on the basic principles of risk management, the hierarchy of risk controls, and hazard-based, and task-based risk assessment methods. Additional topics of discussion will include changes to NFPA 70E on risk assessment, guidance, and sample job hazard analysis examples with risk quantification calculations in mechanical and electrical lockout/tagout tasks.

John Kolak is an award-winning author and Certified Safety Professional (CSP).