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Ramping up on NFPA 70E with Bobby Gray

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Bobby Gray teaching 2012 NFPA 70E and its applicability to our lab.

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Participants from across the lab gaining greater knowledge of 70E and the intent behind the requirements.

Last month, we held a two-day seminar on Electrical Safety in the Workplace (NFPA 70E) in preparation for the roll-out of our revised Electrical Safety Program (Chapter 8 of PUB-3000) and our new Electrical Safety Manual. Bobby is very familiar with Berkeley Lab and the complex. As a nationally recognized expert on Electrical Safety, he sits on several technical committees including those responsible for writing and revising the National Electrical Code (NFPA 70) and Electrical Safety in the Workplace (NFPA 70E). Bobby is an invaluable resource, having retired from the DOE complex. We were very fortunate to have him come to our site to not only teach 70E, but to also provide the background behind the various regulations, and the reasoning used to make determinations. Bobby also provided a separate 4-hour session on the upcoming changes to 70E in the 2015 revision. The lab is adopting the 2012 70E standard during our current program revision and has no plans to adopt the 2015 revision until after the next National Electrical Code update. There were over 30 participants from all over the lab that got to benefit from this experience.