What once was written as “should” and “may”  is now written as “SHALL” in the newest edition of the NFPA 70B text. 

As most of you know by now, in 2023, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 70B made crucial changes that directly impact our Industry, specifically Electrical Contractors. The transformation of the once ‘Recommended Practice’ into a powerful ‘Standard’ by introducing the term ‘Shall’ into Electrical Equipment Maintenance. 

How can UIS help electrical contractors with the changes?

  • The first way we can help is to ensure your clients have an updated
    One-line electrical diagram.
    Reference: (NFPA70B2023 3.3.53 Single Line Diagram) (NFPA70B- NEC 2023 = 495.48B) 
  • The second way is by providing an Electrical Maintenance Program (EMP) as required. 

    (NFPA70B2023 4.2 Electrical Maintenance Program) (NFPA70B- NEC 2023 =110.17) 

As leaders in NETA-certified Electrical Testing and Maintenance, we’re here to assist you through this new path through these transformative changes. We believe these changes are a positive jolt for our industry. They hold the promise of heightened equipment reliability and a safer work environment. Wondering how to develop a maintenance program? What needs to be maintained? When should it be maintained? We want to continue to work hand in hand with our Electrical Contractors as our partners, as we always have through our PartnerFirst Program.  As we have said in the past, and we will say it again, by partnering with UIS, we can help electrical contractors deliver more value safely. 

  • Expanded Services
  • Access to Electrical System Expert
  • Mitigate Wiring Errors
  • NFPA 70E Team
  • A Pledge
  • Customized Communication Services
  • Fast response to quote requests
  • AlwaysOn™

UIS is here to work with you with the NFPA 70B 2023 Standard:

Maintenance intervals are no longer just a suggestion. Chapter 9 of NFPA 70B 2023 Edition sets the stage for mandatory scopes of work and maintenance intervals tailored to your equipment type and condition. These intervals are your compass, guiding you through the journey ahead. 

Equipment Physical Condition 1, 2, and 3 are critical to determine the maintenance path required. We’ve got them all figured out. Your equipment’s condition, maintenance history, and predictive insights determine the maintenance path. We’ve put together the puzzle so you can focus on your business. 

A Spark of History  

Founded in 1896, the NFPA initially focused on fire sprinkler systems. Over the years, it’s expanded its reach, embracing electrical, fire, and life safety. In 1953, NFPA 70B made its debut. In 1973, it was deemed a ‘Recommended Practice.’  

To find all the requirements, reference these three documents:  

  • NFPA-70B-2023 Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance 
  • ANSI/NETA MTS-2019 Standard for Maintenance Testing Specifications for electrical power equipment and systems  
  • ANSI/NETA ATA-2017, Acceptance Testing Specifications for electrical power equipment and systems. 

We don’t expect you to dive deep into these documents. That is why we are here to help you navigate through these changes.  

While electrical equipment may appear static, neglecting maintenance can have shocking consequences. It increases the risk of system failure, endangers employee safety, and disrupts operations. But fear not! We’re here to answer your questions, address your concerns, and provide solutions. 

Continue to follow us as we prepare for the future.

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Act now to schedule your facilities’ Electrical One-Line and Electrical Maintenance Plan. 

For more information, visit www.nfpa.org. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed online for free at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess

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