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First installment of 2018 70E changes video series focuses on “risk assessment procedure”

Blog Post created by Lisa Marie Sinatra Employee on Nov 27, 2017
As an employer in the electrical field you have dedicated yourself to one of the most rewarding professions. Safety remains a top priority for you and everyone on the job.    
To this end, NFPA 70E: Standard for Electrically Safety in the Workplace continues to evolve and shape the way employers and employees approach electrical safety to help save lives and avoid losses due to the hazards that are present when working on or near electrical systems. As an employer, it also assists you in complying with OSHA guidelines.   
NFPA knows that electrical professionals who remain committed to safe work practices need access to the latest code and 70E resources and information to allow workers to do the job as safely and efficiently as possible. For example, the 2018 edition has emphasized performing an arc-flash risk assessment as a critical part of every task being performed. Chris Coache, NFPA’s senior electrical engineer, explains it this way:   
The risk assessment procedure now specifically requires you to address human error and its negative consequences on people, work environments, and equipment. To assist in implementation, new Informative Annex Q (Human Performance and Workplace Electrical Safety) has also been added.
Get the full explanation from Chris in our short video below; it’s the first of our five-part series that explains some of the top changes in the 2018 edition. (NOTE: This clip is part of a pre-recorded full webinar presented in July 2017).   
Want to learn even more about this particular change? NFPA’s Electrical Technical Lead, Derek Vigstol just wrote about it in his latest “In Compliance” column in the November/December issue of NFPA Journal.   
Let NFPA provide you with everything you need to take your electrical safety skills to the next level with knowledge gained right from the source. Find this information and additional resources related to 70E including articles, blog series, fact sheet, trainings and products, at www.nfpa.org/70E.      

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