NFPA 70E: What’s in the 2018 edition?

Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 at 11 a.m. PT/1 p.m. CT/2 p.m. ET

One (1) Certified Professional Development Hour (PDH) available for all attendees.

Changes in the 2018 edition of NFPA 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace continue the direction established in 2015, which intended to change how stakeholders evaluate and mitigate risk from electrical hazards. Some changes involve better alignment with occupational health and safety and management systems (OHSMS) standards and other standards that address hazards and risk. Other changes are intended to help clarify intent and simplify application of long standing requirements in the standard.

These changes, coupled with knowledge condensed in the informative annexes, will help stakeholders identify opportunities for ongoing improvement in reduction of risk for injuries and fatalities from electrical hazards. As in previous editions, a summary of the major changes to the standard is provided in the forward of NFPA 70E – 2018. For most stakeholders, reading the forward is a good place to start to compare existing electrical safety programs to the continuing evolution in NFPA 70E and its aim toward eliminating electrical injuries and fatalities.

For those responsible for informing the manufacturing team on requirements in the 2018 edition, paying close attention to changes and additions to the informative annexes, the transformation of informational notes, and the illustration on the front cover may hold the key to achieving real progress in reducing risk of injuries and fatalities.


Lanny Floyd, PE, CSP, CESCP and a Life Fellow at IEEE, will lead a Plant Engineering Webcast on the key issues around the 2018 Edition of NFPA70E and its impact on plant management. Beyond his professional certifications, Floyd is an adjunct professor in the graduate education program at the University of Alabama-Birmingham and a member of Plant Engineering’s editorial advisory board.

Presenter: Lanny Floyd, PE, CSP, CESCP, Life Fellow at IEEE

Moderator: Bob Vavra, Content Manager and Moderator, Plant Engineering

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