Category: Arc Flash Safety

Mar 10 2015

ECF Central Chapter Luncheon: Intro to NFPA 70E 2015

ecf luncheon nfpa 70e 2015

When:  March 24, 2015

Time:  11:00 AM

Location:  Dubsdread Golf Club – 549 West Par Street Orlando FL

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Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace

How does this code apply to you and your workplace?

What do you need to do now to become compliant?

  • Introduction To Electrical Safety
  • OSHA General Duty Clause
  • What is an Arc Blast?
  • PPE Examples
  • Safety Related Work Practices
  • Responsibilities of Owners and Contractors
  • Question and Answer session

About Leedy Electric

NFPA 70E Arc Flash Hazard Analysis Consulting and Training For employees working with electrical equipment, electrical arc flash and shock hazards are the most dangerous potential risks in the workplace. These incidents can cause severe injury and even death. However, OSHA cites the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA 70E standard as a method of action to help prevent these costly hazards. An Electrical Hazard Analysis in the NFPA 70E 2015 edition from Leedy Electric can help ensure that your workplace meets the requirements and is as safe as possible for your employees. NFPA 70E 2015 – for more information contact John at Leedy Electric (863) 425-2698.

Feb 20 2015

NFPA-70E 2015 Edition Arc Flash Training – April 9, 2015


Arc Flash Training – NFPA-70E 2015 Edition Arc Flash training in the use of personal protection equipment (PPE).

Download and fill out the registration below and email, mail, or fax to IEC by Friday, March 27th 2015

Download registration form here>>> Arc Flash Flyer





Feb 03 2015

Updates and Training on NFPA 70E-2015 – Electrical Safety in the Workplace

Training on NFPA 70E 2015

Date: Friday, March 27, 2015

Time: Registration & Breakfast: 8:00-8:30am

Seminar: 8:30am – 3:00pm

Speaker: John Leedy, P.E., Owner, Leedy Electric East, LLC

Location: Seminole Electric Cooperative, 16313 North Dale Mabry, Tampa, FL 33618

Cost: $150 Members, $350 Non-Members, $100 Students. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, and Seminar text “NFPA 70E – 2015 Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace” ($65 value)

PDH Credits: Professional development hours will be awarded. Be sure to enter your name and PE number on the signup website as it appears on your license. Florida exempt provider #00015.

RSVP: Online at (Select Reservations)

Make checks payable to: IEEE FWCS
Send checks to: Ralph Painter, IEEE FWCS Treasurer
648 Timber Pond Drive
Brandon, FL 33510-2937
Space Limited to the first 30 registrants!!!!

Questions: Tom Blair at (813) 228-1111, ext. 34407 or thblair[AT]

Your local IEEE PES/IAS Chapter is offering this 6 hour training on Electrical Safety in the Workplace by John Leedy, Owner of Leedy Electric East.

This training session will be devoted to the subject of Electrical Safety in the workplace as it relates to the latest edition of the NFPA 70E-2015 and the updates contained therein. Topics such as “how does electrical safety and the NFPA-70E apply to the workplace” and “what is required to be compliant with the standard” will be covered.
A copy of standard, NFPA-70E-2015 Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace is included in the training costs.

John Leedy graduated from the University if Florida in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in Power Delivery. John worked for Dillard Smith Construction as a protective relay technician. He joined General Electric as a Field Engineer, specializing in Power Substations and DC Electronic Drive Systems in Paper Mills as well as Project Manager of Paper Machine Drive System retrofits and substation construction and commissioning. John left GE to join the family business, Leedy Electric Corp. in 1987. He earned his PE license for the State of Florida in 1992 and the State of Georgia in 2013 and received his Masters in Engineering Management from USF in 2002. John has been working with the NFPA 70E regulation since 2002, performing hundreds of Arc Flash Risk assessments throughout the SE United States, training management and employees on the standard. Leedy Electric is located in Mulberry Florida, and has been in business since 1975, specializing in Engineering and Electrical Service for the commercial and industrial industries.

Oct 09 2014

What Is Arc FLash Safety And NFPA 70E?

Arc Flash Safety – Professionals working in the electrical industry (electricians, contractors, engineers, etc) are familiar with safety guidelines and requirements as established by OSHA.  Training and certification in the workplace for those professionals who in contact with electrical currents, power lines, and other potentially hazardous electrical situations are required by law.  The safety of employees is of great importance for all employers and therefore, great efforts have been made to ensure protection for all personnel through yearly safety training and certifications.

Arc Flash Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

For years, the standard personal protective equipment (PPE) for electrical safety remained consistent.  Flame Resistant (FR) equipment was known, recognized and used regularly by all professionals and there were measure of accountability to ensure compliance with the standards placed by OSHA.  Therefore, all industry professionals were familiar with the appropriate PPE and safety precautions required for handling potential electrical hazards.

However, in the early 80’s an electrical engineer named Ralph Lee brought the concept of Arc Flash to the attention of the industry. He emphasized that an electric arc between metals is four times hotter than the surface of the sun.  Lee’s ideas were dismissed as fantastical initially and it took decades for his concepts to gain acceptance. As recently as a decade ago arc flash danger was often not given the consideration it should have been. It’s easy to see why Arc Flash mitigation has become urgent when OSHA reports 80% of all electrically related accidents and fatalities among qualified electrical workers are industrial arc flash events.

Arc Flash is real and it is deadly. However, workplace safety standards by OSHA have not yet met the same standards as those that would prevent fatalities in incidences in which arc flash occurs. In many cases, the correct PPE, and adhering to additional safety precautions during these incidences would be enough to prevent serious injury and death, if the equipment used is properly labeled per the NFPA 70E standards.  These standards offer significantly more protection when working in situations in which Arc Flash may occur.

The difference between the Flame Resistant (FR) rating and Arc Rating (AR) is simply a matter of the equipment being tested to withstand the arc flash hazard, as opposed to only being resistant to flames.  In creating this new standard, the NFPA 70E committee insists that all Arc Rated equipment is also Flame Resistant, so as to ensure that the safety standards of OSHA are inherently met, without question and thereby reducing the need for additional equipment – for both standards.

In order to receive the Arc Rating, 21 different samples of the fabric are placed into arc flash testing scenarios that contain sensors that measure the transfer of heat through the fabric.  This testing makes it possible to predict whether or not a 2nd degree burn would occur in Arc Flash situations.

These additional safety measures ensure fewer third degree burns will occur in arc flash instances, creating a safer work environment for all employees.

Arc Flash Safety – Learn More about Arc Rated and Flame Resistance Arc Flash

Advancements in Arc Flashing Research

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is the largest professional organization worldwide. It’s a major source of information and research on arc flashing to improve safety standards and safeguards and predict potential arc flash hazards.

For those with a career in electrical engineering, welding or as licensed electricians, it’s important to seek a comprehensive arc flash training and consulting source that is also fully versed in regulatory compliance such as OSHA.

Leedy Electric is here to help companies determine what level of PPE they are required to provide to qualified electrical workers who work on energized electrical equipment and Arc Flash Safety. You may contact them at (863) 425-2698.


Aug 29 2013

Leedy Electric East introduces the newest electrical safety standards at NFPA 70E 2012 Training Seminar

On August 13, John Leedy of Leedy Electric East presented a seminar on the NFPA 70E 2012 standard, which aimed at helping people understand the newest electrical safety standards. The course theme was “how the NFPA 70E applies to you and your workplace, and what you need to know to become compliant”. The intent of the training was to communicate the dangers of arc flash, and demonstrate that it takes a team effort to ensure proper compliance.

The NFPA 70E is a national consensus safety standard that outlines procedures to prevent workplace injuries caused by electrical hazards.  It covers both assessment of hazards and preventative measures that should be taken to avoid injury.

The importance of this kind of training is clear in light of the extreme danger presented by arc flash accidents. Arc flash is the result of a rapid release of energy due to an arcing fault between a phase bus bar and another phase bus bar, neutral or a ground.  The temperature of an arc flash may exceed 35,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The explosion of the arc flash and the heat radiating from the blast can both cause serious injuries, and even death.

The class started with an introduction to electrical safety, with a video on the dangers of electricity and an overview of the important terminology. John Leedy recounted the Mark Standifer Story, a real life account of living through an arc flash event.

The course went on to address safety related work practices, responsibilities and procedures for establishing an electrically safe work environment, when and where permits are required, how to read the Hazard/Risk Category Classifications Table, how to estimate risk and other related topics.

49 representatives from both the private and public sectors across Central Florida attended the seminar, making it one of the largest classes held by Leedy over the past few years. In a survey completed by the attendees after the class, the consensus was that the contact was what they need and that the seminar was worth their time. Comments included “Presented well”, “Very informative, presented in a lively interesting manner”, “Good class”, “John is a very good teacher, the course is great!”, “Mr. Leedy was very knowledgeable of the content”

Leedy Electric holds seminars at various times throughout the year. For more information about arc flash hazard and for notice of future seminars, visit the website at or call (863) 425-2698.

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