Increasing awareness that electric arc flash hazard is uniquely different from electric shock hazard is largely attributed to the evolution and publicity associated with NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace. NFPA 70E addresses administrative and PPE controls, but provides no guidance regarding engineering controls such as elimination and substitution. To design a comprehensive program to mitigate arc flash hazards, SH&E professionals must look beyond NFPA 70E and consider guidance found in safety management systems standards such as ANSI/AIHA Z10, Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems.

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