Is There A Difference Between NFPA 70E Training And Arc Flash Training?

 between NFPA 70E training and arc flash training

NFPA 70E training and arc flash training are both topics we discuss frequently in this blog. If you are not experienced in electrical training requirements, you may be wondering what the difference is. 


The answer is that NFPA 70E training is actually an introductory course for arc flash and electrical hazards. Our NFPA 70E course covers the complex standards and regulations and the latest in OSHA’s enforcement direction of arc flash training, offered in 4 and 8-hour classes. 


Topics include understanding arc flash hazards, safe work practices, emergency response, shock hazards, PPE requirements, hazardous electrical energy control procedures, and labeling requirements, among others.


NFPA 70E training should include not only “qualified persons” who work directly with electrical equipment, but also “unqualified persons,” such as maintenance or janitorial staff who work near a hazard. Outside contractors and others who may visit the facility should also be considered. NFPA 70E Article 110.2(A) states:

“The training requirements contained in this section shall apply to employees exposed to an electrical hazard when the risk associated with that hazard is not reduced to a safe level by the applicable electrical installation requirements.”


Eliminating or neutralizing a hazard by de-energizing, disconnecting, grounding, locking out, or other means should be the employer’s first priority. If that is not possible, however, employees must be trained to safely work around the hazard. Article 110.2(B) states:

“The training required by this section shall be classroom, on-the-job, or a combination of the two. The type and extent of the training provided shall be determined by the risk to the employee.”


ESS will provide all the documentation required when training is completed. Article 110.2(E) states:

“The employer shall document that each employee has received the training required by 110.2(D). This documentation shall be made when the employee demonstrates proficiency in the work practices involved and shall be maintained for the duration of the employee’s employment. The documentation shall contain the content of the training, each employee’s name, and dates of training.”


Employees must be retrained in safe work practices and in any changes to the NFPA 70E standard at least once every three years. Training is also required when new equipment is added, after a change in job duties, or after failed inspections.


NFPA 70E training from ESS not only protects employees from injury but builds a culture of safety within the company. Contact ESS today to get more information and learn how your employees can be trained to perform their tasks in an efficient and safe manner.

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