For starters, NFPA 70B now requires one. It requires you to:
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.
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:
KE’s EMP will cover all of this for you.
To be NFPA 70E compliant, you are required to train and educate employees on NFPA 70E. This includes the development of:
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NFPA 70B recommendations have been replaced by set standards.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.
Are you compliant?