1. This Department of Energy (DOE) Handbook is approved for use by the Office of Environment, Safety, and Health and is available to all DOE components and their contractors.2. Specific comments (recommendations, additions, deletions, and any pertinent data) toenhance this document should be sent to:Patrick TranEH-22/270 Corporate Center U.S. Department of Energy1000 Independence Ave. SWWashington DC 20585-02703. The DOE Electrical Safety Handbook replaces the DOE Electrical Safety Handbook thatwas originally issued in 1998. DOE handbooks are part of the DOE directives system andare issued to provide supplemental information regarding the Department's expectationsfor fulfilling its requirements as contained in rules, Orders, Notices, and regulatorystandards. The handbooks may also provide acceptable methods for implementing theserequirements. Handbooks are not substitutes for requirements, nor do they replacetechnical standards that are used to describe established practices and procedures for implementing requirements.4. This document contains DOE-developed explanatory material in support of OSHAregulations and nationally recognized electrical safety related standards and other information. This document was revised to include a new chapter 11, Electrical Safetyduring Excavations, the latest editions of 29 CFR 1910 and 1926, 2002 National ElectricalCode (NFPA 70, 2002), National Electrical Safety Code (ANSI-C2, 2002), RecommendedPractice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance (NFPA 70B, 2002), International ElectricalTesting Association (NETA, 1997), and Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace(NFPA 70E, 2004).