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NFPA 70E REQUIREMENTS
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) published the latest edition of the NFPA 70E
Standard (Standard for Electrical Safety Requirements for Employee Workplaces) in 2012. The revised version requires employees to wear flame-resistant (FR) protective clothing that meets the requirements of ASTM F1506 wherever there is possible exposure to an electric arc flash. It requires employers to perform a flash hazard analysis to determine the flash protections boundary distance. The standard is designed to protect employees working inside these flash protection boundaries by requiring protective clothing for corresponding Hazard/Risk Category that has an arc thermal performance value (ATPV) of at least the value listed in the “Protective Clothing Characteristics” section of the standard. In addition, the Department of Energy has required that federal and contractor employees comply with NFPA 70E and the 2002 National Electric Code (NEC) references the NFPA 70E standard. Finally, OSHA considers the NFPA 70E standard a “recognized industry practice.”