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CertificationThe electrical industry has become increasingly aware of the safe work practice requirements outlined in NFPA 70E®, Electrical Safety in the Workplace®. The code's popularity has led NFPA to launch a new initiative this year that will provide NFPA 70E specialist supervisors and specialist workers with a tool to help them implement these requirements.

The latest edition of NFPA Journal outlines the new certifications, which will give workers and supervisors the ability to document their knowledge and competency of the code.

“NFPA, in creating the credentials, will have helped  to encourage a deeper understanding of 70E,” Robert Ruscitto, NFPA's director of certification, tells NFPA Journal. “In turn, an  increase in the understanding of such an important standard will  positively impact electrical safety in the workplace and will further  NFPA’s influence in carrying out its fundamental mission.”

For more information on the new initiative, read the full story in the March/April edition of NFPA Journal.

-Fred Durso, Jr.

Innovation at NFPA

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Recently you heard about our new content strategy.  This strategic plan is far-reaching in scope, fundamentally redefining how we think about our core products, our customers and how we expect consumers of code to use them. The focus is now on delivering NFPA code and related content to the customer however, wherever and whenever it is needed.

Fortunately, NFPA recognizes that big change isn’t easy. It takes resources, customer and internal support, and a new perspective. One step that we’ve taken in this process was the formation of a new product innovation team. Our task: Come up with new product ideas to serve our mission and the new directives of our content strategy.

The new NFPA Innovation Team is Matt Cannavale, Lisa Frank, Lynn Kenney, and Sam Driver. We’ll be reporting regularly about the dynamics of new product development and innovation within the halls of NFPA.

This is an exciting role within any organization, but especially so during a major strategic shift. The role of innovation within an organization is centered on taking a look from that new perspective. Standing like a bird at the top of the tree we can take a look at what NFPA does from a new perspective and ask that most disruptive question:


Why do we do it that way? Why don’t we try this? Why don’t we take another look at that?

Pretty soon we’ll be asking “Why not?” and you’ll see new products rolling out– both physical and digital products. Be on the lookout for new products, and new ways of accessing existing products. We are listening to you — you’re demanding easier and customizable solutions, and more of them.

We’re here to deliver.

-Sam Driver

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