What are the possible requirements from OSHA regarding arc flash labeling?
As the OSHA representative said, “OSHA has no specific requirement” for arc flash labeling.
What information should be provided on every warning label affixed to energized equipment?
After the arc flash hazard analysis is completed, warning labels are printed and affixed to the electrical equipment. The labels should include the level of PPE required, the flash hazard boundary, the flash hazard, the shock hazard, and approach distances.
Are arc flash labels mandatory?
The simple answer is YES. You absolutely need to warn people of the potential that an arc flash hazard may exist inside any of the electrical equipment where it’s possible.
What document provides guidelines as to the identification of and protection from potential arc flash hazards in the workplace?
NFPA 70E standard
OSHA is citing and fining employers for failure to protect employees from the dangers of arc flash. For guidelines on how to protect employees, OSHA refers employers to the NFPA 70E standard, “Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace.”
Are arc flash labels required on disconnects?
Items that do NOT require arc flash warning labels NFPA 70E states that any electrical equipment operating at 50 volts or more, and “likely to require examination, adjustment, servicing, or maintenance while energized” requires an arc flash label.
What is new for NFPA 70E for 2021?
With the release of the latest edition for 2021, NFPA 70E clearly establishes safety processes that use policies, procedures, and program controls to reduce these risks to an acceptable level. The objective is practical, accomplishable electrical safety that helps ensure employees go home safe at the end of the day.
Is NFPA 70E mandatory?
While NFPA 70E training is NOT required by law except for contractors to the Department of Energy [10CFR 851.23(a)(14)], meeting OSHA requirements for electrical safety training IS required by law.