Electrical Hazard/Risk Assessment and NFPA 70E

09/01/2010

The concept of hazard/risk assessment and mitigation is a central theme within NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace. How can risks be reliably identified, how can they be managed, under what circumstances should they be accepted or rejected and, especially, how are they likely to be interpreted or ‘perceived’ by different people? NFPA 70E requires that a process be included in a facility’s electrical safety program for evaluating electrical hazards and risk. From NFPA 70E, Article 110.7(F):

“An electrical safety program shall identify a hazard/risk evaluation procedure to be used before work is started …where an electrical hazard exists. The procedure shall identify the hazard/risk process that shall be used by employees to evaluate tasks before work is started.”