Guide to Electrical Safety Resources

YOUR GUIDE TO ELECTRICAL SAFETY

AMERICAN NATIONAL STANDARDS INSTITUTE (ANSI)
An organization with the purpose of developing voluntary standards for workers, processes, systems, products and services. These standards ensure the characteristics and performance of products are consistent, definitions and terms are the same regardless of location and products are uniformly tested.


AMERICAN SOCIETY OF SAFETY ENGINEERS (ASSE)
An association of safety, health and environmental professionals dedicated to providing PPE standards with the purpose of enhancing worker safety.


ASTM INTERNATIONAL (FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR TESTING AND MATERIALS)
A collection of international industry experts and professionals who create voluntary consensus standards to improve product safety, quality, and consumer confidence as well as make access to markets and trade easier.


ASTM COMMITTEE F18
Committee tasked with setting PPE safety standards


ASTM STANDARD F2178
Testing standard for determining the arc rating and specifications for products designed for the eyes and face.


CANADIAN ELECTRICAL CODE (CEC)
A standard created by the Canadian Standards Association that addresses the installation and maintenance of electrical equipment. Canada’s version of U.S.’s NFPA 70.


CANADIAN STANDARDS ASSOCIATION (CSA)
A Canadian standards organization established to develop standards in a multitude of fields.


CSA Z462 (WORKPLACE ELECTRICAL SAFETY STANDARD)
Electrical safety standard as applied to Canadian workers. Modeled after U.S.’s NFPA 70E, efforts have been made to synchronize these two standards as much as possible.


INSTITUTE OF ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONICS ENGINEERS (IEEE)
A global professional association of engineers who organize for the advancement of the theory and practice of electrical sciences.


IEEE 1584 (GUIDE FOR PERFORMING ARC FLASH CALCULATIONS)
Guide identifying a systematic, nine-step process for performing an arc flash analysis.


INTERNATIONAL ELECTRICAL TESTING ASSOCIATION (NETA)
An association providing accreditation to 3rd party electrical testing labs & certifying test technicians. Formerly, the National Electrical Testing Association but did not change the acronym.


NATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION (NFPA)
A non-profit association, primarily focused in the U.S., that sets and maintains standards and codes for use and adoption by local governments. While these standards and codes are not laws or regulations, they are well-accepted and recognized as the authority in this field.


NFPA 70 (NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE)
Also known as NEC, it is the standard for safe electrical design, installation, and inspection to safeguard people and property from electrical hazards.


NFPA 70E (STANDARD FOR ELECTRICAL SAFETY IN THE WORKPLACE)
Standard addressing employee electrical safety requirements.


NATIONAL JOINT APPRENTICESHIP AND TRAINING COMMITTEE (NJATC)
An organization who works closely with electrical industry experts, leaders, and manufacturers to ensure union apprentices obtain the most up-to-date training in the industry.


NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL (NSC)
An organization focused on safeguarding life and promoting health in the U.S.


OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY & HEALTH ADMINISTRATION (OSHA)
A federal agency of the U.S. established to regulate workplace safety and health.


OSHA 29 CFR 1910, SUBPART S-ELECTRICAL:
Occupational Safety and Health Standards. Section 1910 Subpart S-Electrical Standard number 1910.333 specifically addresses Standards for Work Practices. More specifically, OSHA 29 CFR 1910.335 (a) (1)(i) mandates that the employer evaluate the workplace for hazards and the need for PPE.


VOLUNTARY PROTECTION PROGRAMS PARTICIPANTS’ ASSOCIATION (VPPPA)
An association of health, safety and environmental professionals working closely with OSHA and other governmental agencies and departments both on a federal and state level to institute cooperative recognition programs. Membership is determined on a site-by-site basis.