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The Certification for Every Level of Electrical Worker

July 7, 2022

The NFPA® Certified Electrical Safety Technician (CEST) Certification has become an essential part of electrical safety in the workplace. NFPA created the CEST Certification in 2017 in response to repeated requests for a credential that would help reduce risk to personnel who are exposed to electrical hazards. Earning your CEST can help you take on…

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One Electrician’s Life Lesson: The Case for Electrical Safety Training for both Electricians and Non-Electricians

May 3, 2022

By Corey Hannahs, Contributor The sirens were deafening, even to my 13-year-old ears. My good friend, Heath, and I were playing an intense game of summer basketball in my driveway. The fact that I was losing and, as always, determined to win, should have been reason enough for my focus to be on the game…

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Reconstructing How We Deliver Electrical Safety Knowledge to Minimize Exposure and Help Save Lives

February 17, 2022

By: Corey Hannahs, Contributor Electrical safety is without question a critical component to a successful electrical installation. Yet many seem to have differing viewpoints on what is safe and what risks should be taken. At the root of every electrical safety incident is a person who made a choice, based on the information they had…

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Using Technology to Enhance Electrical Safety

October 12, 2021

By Steven J Abbott, REALTIME-SAFETY.com There is a growing overemphasis in the job planning process to simply use the information on an applied arc flash warning sticker. This all too often creates an unconscious disregard or forgetfulness to review other critical sources of information that are important to the electrical safety planning process and creates…

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Arc Flash Safety Training: Smart Operators Know You’re Never Done

October 12, 2021

By Justin Gaull, Contributor Smart companies know safety training is never complete. Ongoing training and testing are vital to safe, injury-free operations. Proper training (and re-training) on electrical safety equipment and procedures prevents injuries, protects electrical apparatus from damage, and promotes operational efficiencies. Ongoing training is also a requirement to meet code. NFPA 70E, (the…

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Ensuring Worker Safety and a Safe Electrical System Through the Proper Grounding of Electrical Equipment

October 12, 2021

By Dean Austin, Contributor Grounding, grounded, bonding, and bonded are all terms an electrician, electrical engineer, or facility manager is familiar with and use frequently, but what does it mean to properly ground electrical equipment? The initial thought is, it’s just connecting the branch circuit equipment grounding conductor to the electrical equipment grounding terminal. In…

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Common Electrical Hazards and How to Avoid Them

October 12, 2021

Contributed by Synergy Electric Although we rely on electricity to keep our facilities up and running, certain electrical conveniences can be hazardous to you and your employees’ safety. While it’s important to be conscious of these dangers, being informed and proactive can help you keep your facility safe. How to Avoid Electrical Hazards in Your…

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Practicing Safety While Working on or Near Electrical Equipment

October 12, 2021

Brianne Deerwester, Contributor Electricity drives our everyday lives as demand and connectivity increase in this rapidly changing digital world. As our phones, homes, and workplaces get even smarter, a greater focus should be placed on utilizing electricity safely, especially on the worksite. Workplace electrical injuries and fatalities continue to disrupt the lives of workers and…

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Live & Virtual. The Best of Both Worlds.

September 10, 2021

Attend Live Classes. Right from Home. Introducing NFPA Live Virtual Training. Attend live training and be part of a virtual classroom. It’s the same high-quality learning experience and expert instruction you’ve come to expect from NFPA® in-person classroom training—only it’s from the comfort of your own home computer. Stay Up to Date Even If You’re Staying Home…

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The Evolution of Electrical Safety Training in a Time of Social Distancing

July 19, 2021

By Derek Vigstol, Contributor During a presentation I gave last year at the IEEE Electrical Safety Workshop, an attendee asked me what I thought the biggest obstacle was facing electrical safety training. At the time, I believed one of the largest roadblocks to training workers exposed to electrical hazards was a long-standing industry culture and…

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