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Frequently Asked Questions

This partial list of frequently asked questions and resource links may provide some insight to OSHA's requirements for protecting employees from the hazards arising from the use of electricity.  If you have further questions, please contact us at

Q: Is an employer responsible for performing an arc flash hazard analysis and providing the appropriate PPE for its workers?
A: Yes,  OSHA 29 CFR 1910.132(d) specifies this requirement for assessing the work place and providing PPE.

Q: Does OSHA provide the detailed steps necessary to perform an arc flash hazard analysis?
A: No, OSHA states what the employer MUST do to protect its workers.  The employer is expected to use current consensus standards for guidelines on performing the analysis.  The current consensus standard for electrical safety in the workplace is NFPA 70E 2009 Edition.

Q: Does OSHA enforce NFPA 70E standards?
A: No, OSHA can only enforce the CFR.  They will also "refer" an employer to consensus standards such as NFPA 70E 2009 Edition.

Q: Does OSHA's Electrical Standard: Final Rule affect today's electrical safety mandates?
A: Yes, the OSHA Electrical Standard: Final Rule became effective August 2007 and set new standards for electrical safety. The previous standard was over 20 years old.  A key definition change is that of a "qualified" employee.