Tutorial I

Meeting the Maintenance Requirements of NFPA 70E by applying NFPA 70B

Date and Time

Date Time
Start 20 May 8:00 a.m.
End 21 May 5:00 p.m.



Michael Kovacic

Michael Kovacic is a full-time Occupational Safety Instructor and Consultant and President of ES Squared, Inc., a Pittsburgh, PA based organization specializing in electrical safety and lockout/tagout. Mr. Kovacic has over 20 years of experience in the electrical safety industry. He has participated in or managed teams for safety audits for literally millions of square feet of facility, representing hundreds of facilities for major corporations and government organizations, ranging from heavy industrial to light commericial. Mr. Kovacic is involved in the development of several computer database applications which aid in the record keeping and reporting portions of the assessment function. He has participated in flash hazard analysis projects for numerous facilities, and has background in accident investigation and legal assistance, and has a strong knowledge of European safety requirements as well.


Karl Cunningham

Karl Cunningham graduated from Clarkson University in 1984 with a BS degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has been a plant and project engineer, mega-project manager and electrical maintenance manager for a fortune 500 company most of his career. He has spent his last 14 years designing, constructing and starting-up mega-project industrial facilities. He also served as an apprentice program coordinator, evaluator and instructor for 14 years earlier in his career.

About the tutorial

NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace provides several requirements for conditions of maintenance under the Scope 90.2, Electrical Safety Program requirements 110.1(C), Arc-Flash Risk Assessment 130.5(B)(2), and Energized Work in Normal Operating Conditions 130.2(A)(4) as well as Chapter 2 Safety Related Maintenance Requirements. Much of the current industry wide electrical safety discussions and training focuses only on Safety-Related Work Practices of NFPA 70E Chapter 1 and still overlook the maintenance requirements that are iterated repeatedly in the same chapter, as referenced.

Many electrical professionals are unaware of available electrical maintenance references and particularly NFPA 70B Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance. 70B could aid an organization in meeting the requirements of 70E as well as safely maximizing the useful life of electrical equipment. This tutorial will provide a review of the organization and content of NFPA 70B with sufficient eye-opening detail to challenge even the more advanced maintenance programs. The instructors will also present the direction the technical committee is undertaking to improve the standard.

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