Why Must I Comply?
NFPA 70E is considered a national consensus standard and is intended for use by employers, employees, and OSHA. OSHA has not “adopted” NFPA 70E simply because adoption would require the lengthy and expensive process. OSHA has instead referenced compliance to NFPA 70E using Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, commonly referred to as the “General Duty Clause,” as their basis for implementation. The General Duty Clause state that employers “shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm to its employees.”
It is clear that OSHA is using NFPA 70E as a national consensus standard. Furthermore, OSHA expects employers and employees to comply with the provisions of NFPA 70E regardless of whether or not is has been “adopted” as an OSHA requirement. Let APS assist you with developing and maintaining an accurate and compliant Arc Flash Program.