Journal NOW: In the latest NFPA Journal, a fresh look at online electrical safety training

Blog Post created by scottsutherland Employee on Nov 26, 2018


Which type of electrical training is better—classroom or online?


That’s the question that kicks of the lead article of “In Compliance” in the November/December issue of NFPA Journal.


The item, written by Derek Vigstol, a technical lead for NFPA’s Electrical Tech Services, takes a broad look at the training landscape in the electrical industry and zeros in on the benefits of self-paced online training programs.


“Today’s technology is changing the game,” Vigstol writes. “Augmented reality, virtual reality, remote classrooms, YouTube, and Google have changed the way people consume information and learn. These advancements are enhancing the time-tested instructor-led method of teaching technical topics. Students [can] attempt tasks in a virtual world or allow information to be delivered at the point where they need it, while they need it. Students can practice complex tasks without being exposed to real hazards or risking damage to expensive equipment.”


Regardless of what manner of training is used, Vigstol adds, employers still bear the responsibility of verifying the knowledge of their employees. “Workers must possess the knowledge they need to safely perform the task at hand,” Vigstol writes, adding that “how they acquire this knowledge is less important than having it and being able to apply it.”


The November/December “In Compliance” section also includes articles on NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code; NFPA 13, Installation of Sprinkler Systems; and NFPA 101, Life Safety Code.