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Ensuring compliance with nfpa 70B and NFPA 70E updates

Prior to 2023, NFPA 70 included suggestions for compliance. Starting now, these are no longer suggestions. They’re mandatory. This means that thousands of facilities are no longer compliant with under NFPA 70E and NFPA 70B updates. Is your facility one of them?

With KE’s Electrical Preventative Maintenance (EMP) Program, Arc Flash/Coordination Studies and Employer Training, you can ensure that your facility complies with safety regulations and continues to comply.

Understanding NFPA 70 Requirements

Adopted in all 50 states, NFPA 70E and 70B now mandates the development and execution of a proper EMP. Non-compliance can result in penalties for facilities that fail to properly maintain equipment! 


Electrical Maintenance Program (EMP)

Why an EMP?

For starters, NFPA 70B now requires one. It requires you to:

  • Perform maintenance services on all equipment 
  • Create a customized EMP
  • Implement continuous monitoring
  • Educate and train your maintenance team

An EMP consists of regular, routine inspection and maintenance of equipment to detect potential issues and to take corrective measures to mitigate issues, failures and unplanned downtime. 

Though they’re now required by NFPA, an EMP just makes good business sense in general. The safety of your people and facilities is critical for moral and eliminates unplanned downtime. An EMP helps prevent costly electrical failures, fires, outages, and helps to achieve maximum efficiency and reliability by anticipating issues before they happen.

In short, it makes you safe and keeps you that way. With KE’s Electrical Preventative Maintenance (EMP) Program, you can ensure that your facility complies with safety regulations and continues to comply.

Arc Flash Study/Coordination Study

Why An Arc Flash Study?

Part of the new NFPA 70E update includes new arc flash requirements. An arc flash study must be reviewed and updated every five years or whenever there is a significant change in your facility’s electrical system.  

To validate your arc flash analysis, an EMP must be in place and followed per NFPA 70B. So why not kill two birds with one optimized, efficient program?

To be NFPA 70E compliant, your:

  • One lines must be up to date 
  • Arc flash and coordination studies must be up to date 
  • Electrical safety and hot/energized work program established 
  • Training for qualified and unqualified individuals to recognize hazards 
  • Risk assessment completed

KE’s EMP will cover all of this for you.

Employee Training and Competency

Why Employee training and competency?

To be NFPA 70E compliant, you are required to train and educate employees on NFPA 70E. This includes the development of:

  • Lock Out/Tag Out (LOTO) Program
  • Electrical Energy Work Program
  • Hazardous Energy Control Policy
  • Safety Plan
  • Interrupting arc flash labels and associated PPE
  • Overall OSHA Compliance

What’s the Deal With NFPA?


The National Electrical Code (NEC), or NFPA 70, is a United States standard for the safe installation of electrical wiring and equipment. It is part of the National Fire Codes series published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). NFPA 70 is used by engineers, designers, inspectors and contractors to guide and inspect their installations. This is referred to as the code book by electricians who may do work on your site.


NFPA 70B recommendations have been replaced by set standards. These new standards require the development, implementation and operation of an Electrical Maintenance Program (EMP). NFPA 70B details preventive maintenance for electrical, electronic, and communication systems and equipment -- such as those used in industrial plants, institutional and commercial buildings, and large multi-family residential complexes -- to prevent equipment failures and worker injuries.


NFPA 70E requirements for safe work practices to protect personnel by reducing exposure to major electrical hazards. Originally developed at OSHA's request, NFPA 70E helps companies and employees avoid workplace injuries and fatalities due to shock, electrocution, arc flash, and arc blast, and assists in complying with OSHA 1910 Subpart S and OSHA 1926 Subpart K.

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