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Nfpa Offers Electrical Safety Course


Starting in September, the National Fire Protection Association, developer and publisher of NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace will offer a three-day seminar that concludes with an exam

Starting in September, the National Fire Protection Association, developer and publisher of NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace will offer a three-day seminar that concludes with an exam. Those completing the course will earn the new NFPA 70E Certificate of Educational Achievement.

The first two days of the certificate program focus on applying NFPA 70E requirements in the workplace and the relationship between NFPA 70E and Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations. Topics include identifying electrical safety hazards in the workplace; explanations of electric shock, arc flash, and arc blast and how to protect personnel against these hazards; safety policies and procedures that employers are obligated to provide for workers; and the importance of an electrically safe work setting and how it is accomplished. The third day is devoted to self-assessment and problem-solving exercises, followed by an open-book exam to test the participantís ability to use and apply NFPA 70E.

ìNFPA 70E is the only ANSI-accredited national standard on electrical safety in the workplace and is the foundation of any electrical safety program. Anyone dealing with identifying electrical hazards and implementing strategies to mitigate these hazards in the workplace understands the vital importance of NFPA 70E in making the workplace electrically safe,î says Jeff Sargent, NFPA senior electrical specialist and staff liaison to the NFPA Technical Committee on Electrical Safety in the Workplace.

Certificate participants will earn 1.8 continuing education units or 18 hours for the three-day program. Participants choosing the two-day NFPA 70E seminar-only option will earn 1.4 units or 14 hours.
Courses will be offered in several locations including Quincy, Mass., Secaucus, N.J., Oak Brook, Ill., and Cincinnati.