2009 NFPA 70E® Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace®

On January 7, 1976, at OSHA’s request, the NFPA created a committee to write an electrical standard that OSHA could use which eventually led the creation of NFPA 70E® Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace®.

nfpa-70-e-1.jpg2009 NFPA 70E® 90.1 Purpose. “The purpose of this standard is provide a practical safe working area for employees relative to hazards arising from the use of electricity.”

2009 NFPA 70E® 90.2 Scope. “This standard addresses electrical safety requirements for employee workplaces that are necessary for the practical safeguarding of employees during activities such as installation, operation, maintenance, and demolition of electrical conductors, electrical equipment, signaling and communications, conductors, and raceways….”

While NFPA is not law, it is the primary industry consensus standard referenced by OSHA relating to generally accepted best practices to create and maintain electrically safe workplaces.


Updated NFPA 70E 2012 – Available on October 14, 2011