NFPA introduces live virtual training in electrical and life safety

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QUINCY, Mass. – The National Fire Protection Association has launched three live virtual training courses that incorporate interactive online components with real-world setting scenarios to help practitioners stay up to speed on electrical and life safety requirements.

The new training trio is designed to deliver high-level insights about the most recent editions of NFPA 70, National Electrical Code; NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace and NFPA 101, Life Safety Code.

The live expert-led courses feature polling, chat, activities, exercises, videos, downloadable summaries and job aids to help various stakeholders locate, interpret and apply code requirements. The NFPA 70 and NFPA 70E virtual courses are suited for electrical system designers, electrical engineers, electrical contractors, safety engineers, installation and maintenance professionals, manufacturers, electrical inspectors and those charged with facility maintenance.

NFPA 70, National Electrical Code Essentials Virtual Training, has been updated for consistency with the 2020 edition of the code. The course addresses safe and compliant electrical installation and design. Participants will learn to locate, interpret and apply requirements in the ever-evolving NEC, and recognize potential problems. It comes with free access to NEC Navigator, a digital tool that helps users utilize the 2020 NEC correctly to get the answers they need quickly on the job.

Some of the course objectives include: navigating the NEC to find applicable requirements for safe electrical installation; determining required access dimensions and equipment working spaces and general requirements for sizing and installing service, feeder, branch circuit conductors and overcurrent protection and selecting and sizing key elements of the building grounding and bonding system and identifying the minimum raceway size for a given set of conductors.

NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace training, was developed to help reduce electrical dangers in the workplace that cause hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries each year. Clear, authoritative instruction teaches how to apply the 2018 edition of NFPA 70E to assess electrical risks and reduce employee exposure to potentially deadly hazards, as well as document safety procedures for Occupational Safety and Health Administration compliance.

Upon completion, at a minimum, participants should be able to pinpoint 2018 edition changes, especially related to safe electrical work conditions, risk assessment and personal protective equipment and understand the interaction between NFPA 70E and OSHA requirements, as well as safety policies and procedures for employers.

They will also be able to define electrical safety hazards and protection against shock, electrocution, arc flash and live circuit incidents and determine safety-related maintenance requirements for electrical equipment, including those specific to batteries and battery rooms, electrical distribution equipment and safety grounding equipment.

Life Safety Code Essentials live virtual training helps facility managers, inspectors, safety directors, engineers, architects, designers, risk managers, facility consultants and project managers apply requirements from the 2018 edition of NFPA 101 to better protect building occupants.

The 2018 Life Safety Code addresses the latest technologies, design approaches and challenges; this course provides the tools to apply or enforce requirements related to means of egress, occupancy load, vertical openings, hazardous areas and high-rise buildings. It also looks at building services and operating features, in addition to a section on building rehabilitation.

Students will cover a lot of ground and learn to determine exit enclosure and protection, plus requirements for doors, stairs, handrails, guards, smokeproof enclosures, horizontal exits, ramps, exit passageways, escalators, fire escape stairs and ladders and other means of egress; decipher requirements for minimum width, dead-end corridors, common path of travel, remoteness, travel distance, exit discharge, illumination and emergency lighting; understand the requirements for vertical openings, interior finish, contents and furnishings and fire alarm and extinguishing system and differentiate among rehabilitation categories including historic buildings.

NFPA 70 and NFPA 101 virtual training sessions run four hours a day, for five days, while NFPA 70E take four hours a day for four days. After successfully passing an online exam, participants will receive a certificate of completion and continuing education units.

Founded in 1896, NFPA is a global self-funded nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. The association delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering the NFPA mission. For more information, visit http://www.nfpa.org. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed online for free at http://www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.

Submitted by National Fire Protection Association.