NETA’s Book of the Month: NFPA 70B Key to Creating Effective Electrical Preventive Maintenance Program

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Equipment maintenance affects safety, downtime, and the cost of repairs. NFPA 70B works hand-in-hand with NFPA 70E to help protect personnel, facilities, and businesses.

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NETA’s June Book of the Month — “NFPA 70B: Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance” — is an essential manual to ensure the safety of electrical power systems. Power industry professionals can purchase NFPA 70B from NETA for $10 less than standard online retailers — just $72.

The manual is available by calling the NETA Office 888-300-6382 or visiting the NETA bookstore.

Proper maintenance of electrical systems is essential to the safety of facilities and employees. “NFPA 70B: Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance,” used alongside the requirements in “NFPA 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace,” helps facility managers develop and carry out an effective electrical preventive maintenance (EPM) program for all types of equipment and assemblies. Contractors look to NFPA 70B for information about properly servicing equipment, and designers depend on it for developing specifications for installation that take maintenance into account.

NFPA 70B covers it all:

  • Planning and developing an electrical preventive maintenance (EPM) program
  • Personnel safety
  • Fundamentals of electrical equipment maintenance
  • System studies
  • Power quality
  • Testing and test methods
  • Maintenance of electrical equipment subject to long intervals between shutdowns
  • Ground-fault protection
  • Grounding
  • Plus detailed chapters on many different types of assemblies, equipment, cables, and devices

CHANGES IN THE 2016 EDITION HELP GUARD AGAINST ELECTRICAL INCIDENTS AND SYSTEM FAILURES. Loose connections are a significant contributor to maintenance issues. That's why the 2016 edition of NFPA 70B includes new torque requirements that help minimize risks related to poor connections, which have the potential to cause overheating, intermittent open circuits, and electrical arcs. In another change, enhanced battery testing and maintenance requirements provide greater detail about battery testing and safety considerations for anyone performing battery maintenance. Batteries are part of many electrical systems and some are critical to power systems involved in life safety.

NETA, the InterNational Electrical Testing Association, is an ANSI Accredited Standards Developing Organization that creates and maintains standards for electrical maintenance and acceptance testing for electrical power equipment and systems, as well as a standard that addresses the certification of electrical testing technicians. NETA is an association of leading electrical testing companies comprised of visionaries committed to advancing the industry standards for power system installation and maintenance to ensure the highest level of reliability and safety.

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