NFPA 70E (2015 Edition), An Introduction

    Introduction to NFPA 70E (2015 Edition)

    Course updated June, 2015

    Course Overview

    NFPA 70E (2015 Edition), An Introduction is an intermediate online safety course that addresses the importance of electrical safety in the workplace. Discussions include the role of the National Fire Protection Association and why NFPA 70E was developed, the concepts of arc flash, approach boundaries and risk assessments. Information on warning labels and personal protective equipment is also provided.

    This course is intended to introduce NFPA 70E to workers in any industry where they need to know the hazards involved with working around electrical dissemination systems with currents greater than 50 volts. This course does not meet the full requirements of the NFPA 70E standard, but is intended to be an introduction to the topics of the 2015 standard.
    ClickSafety Introduction to NFPA 70E Earns 0.1 CEU

    What's Changed in the NFPA 70E Standard for 2015?

    Several significant terminology changes have been made in the 2015 edition, including the addition, revision or deletion of definitions.

    • The importance of maintenance has been emphasized through key wording changes.
    • All references to hazard/risk category (HRC) have been deleted throughout the standard and the new term "Arc Flash PPE" is now used.
    • Definitions. Several key definitions have been deleted, revised or added.
      • Deleted: Bare‐Hand Work and Prohibited Approach Boundary.
      • Added: Hazard, Hazardous, Risk and Risk Assessment.
      • Revised: Restricted Approach Boundary, Incident Energy and Qualified Person.

    What's Changed in the NFPA 70E Standard for 2015? See the comprehensive list here.

    Intended Audience

    This online safety course is for those who work around electrical dissemination systems in the workplace. Although this course is primarily for workers in General Industry, the information presented is also helpful for workers in the Construction and Renewable Energy industries.

    • Electricians
    • Construction and Maintenance Workers
    • Construction and Maintenance Supervisors
    • Construction and Maintenance Managers

    Learning Objectives

    The safety topics covered in this online safety course include identification of and protection from electrical safety hazards leading to arc flash and how to establish an electrically safe work condition as outlined in the NFPA 70E standard updated in 2015.


    1. Recognize the history and purpose of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the NFPA 70E standard
    2. Identify the major types of arc flash hazards and their causes
    3. Recognize what is required to achieve an electrically safe work condition
    4. Identify requirements associated with arc flash protection, limited approach and restricted approach boundaries
    5. Identify requirements in NFPA 70E for risk assessments
    6. Identify safety tips and controls for electrical hazards, including the use of personal protective equipment, labels, warnings and barricades
    7. Identify employer responsibilities required by NFPA 70E

    Course Topics

    • Electrical Hazards
    • Arc Flash Hazards
    • Understanding NFPA 70E
    • Electrically Safe Work Condition
    • Approach Boundaries
    • Labels and PPE
    • Safety Tips, Warnings and Barricades
    • Employer Responsibilities


    • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
    • NFPA 70E
    • Arc Flash
    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
    • Approach Boundary
    • Electrically Safe Work Condition

    Based On:

    • This online safety course is based on the NFPA 70E Standard, 2015 Edition.

    Features and Benefits

    This Introduction to NFPA 70E, 2015 Edition online course provides training on the major hazards associated with arc flash, the types of arc flash and how they occur.

    • Course updated for 2015 Edition of NFPA 70E
    • Awareness-level course for those not directly exposed to electrical work
    • Describes basic employer requirements for protecting workers from electrical hazards
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