2015 NFPA 70E PPE Requirements

Learn more about NFPA 70E–2015 Edition.

2015 brought us a new edition of NFPA 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace and many companies still have questions regarding how this new standard will affect the requirements for arc flash Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Below you will find helpful information to determine the appropriate PPE for energized work using the Incident Energy Analysis Method*.

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PPE Selection: Incident Energy Analysis Method

Protective Clothing and PPE < 1.2
cal/cm²

≥ 1.2 to 12 
cal/cm²

> 12 to 40* 
cal/cm²
Protective Clothing, non-melting (in accordance with

ASTM F 1506) or untreated natural fiber Shirt (long

sleeves) Pants (long) or Coverall
   
Face shield for projectile protection (AN)    
Safety glasses or safety goggles (SR)
Hearing protection
Leather footwear  
Hard hat  
Heavy-duty leather gloves or rubber insulating gloves with

leather protectors (SR) (See Note 4)

 
Arc-rated gloves or rubber insulating gloves with leather

protectors (AR) (SR) (See Note 4)

   
Arc-rated long sleeve shirt and arc-rated pants or arc-
rated coverall and/or arc flash suit (AR) (SR)

(See Note 3)

 
Arc-rated face shield and arc-rated balaclava or arc flash

suit hood (AR) (See Note 1)

   
Arc-rated arc flash suit hood (AR)    
Arc-rated hard hat liner, jacket, parka, or

rainwear (AR) (AN)

 

When incident energy exceeds 40 cal/cm² at the working distance, greater emphasis may be necessary with respect to de-energizing before performing your task.

What happened to Hazard Risk Category 0? Click here to read more.

* Note: To use the Incident Energy Analysis Method, your facility must have completed an Incident Energy Analysis as part of an Arc Flash Risk Assessment (formerly Arc Flash Hazard Analysis) to determine the Incident Energy (measured in Calories/cm²). If an Incident Energy Analysis has not been completed, please refer to the 2015 Edition of NFPA 70E for the Category Table Selection Method - Page 38, Table 130.7 (C)(15)(A)(b).

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NFPA 70E - 2015 Edition: What happened to PPE Category 0?

In the 2015 Edition NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety In The Workplace there were some changes regarding and terminology for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) categories. The phrase that we have all been accustomed to using, PPE Category, also known as Hazard Risk Category, is no more.

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