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NFPA Adds First Translated Document on NFPA LiNK: 2021 Spanish Edition of NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace

No matter where you work in the world and what language you speak, safety on the job is paramount. Electrical safety is no different. That’s why I’m pleased to tell everyone that the 2021 Spanish edition of NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, is now available through NFPA LiNK™. It’s the first translated document on the platform and provides professionals whose primary language is Spanish to have instant access to requirements for safe work practices that reduce a worker’s exposure to major electrical hazards such as shock, electrocution, arc flash, and arc blast.

Originally developed in the U.S. at OSHA’s request, the requirements in NFPA 70E are used by companies to develop safe work programs to reduce workplace injuries and fatalities. I’d say it’s considered the gold safety standard for those whose work falls under 70E. Over the years, as I attend conferences and presentations, I hear how useful the standard is and how it continues to inform a culture of safe electrical work. Many people may not know that it’s used throughout Latin America by both the private sector and governments as part of their national health and safety regulatory framework.

For those of you who may not be familiar with NFPA LiNK, the tool delivers NFPA codes and standards, expert commentary, and supporting content that allows users to easily navigate and understand code requirements based on real-life situations. The platform gives people the ability to share and collaborate with other members of the team, and the main features help you store content for offline viewing, curate content, bookmark and add notes. One of the great advantages of NFPA LiNK is that it can be accessed via your mobile device, whether it’s a tablet, laptop, or another preferred device. I’ve heard it said that the platform is a “living library” that gives professionals:

  • Access to more than 325 codes, personal notes, color-coding features, and custom collection tools for quick and easy reference.
  • A broader understanding of code requirements through access to expert commentary, visual aids, and helpful resources.
  • Collaboration features that allow the user to share code sections, work across teams, and ensure everyone knows what is required.
  • Navigation tools that help users to quickly locate the information they need based on the situations they encounter.

Adding the Spanish version of NFPA 70E is just the first step in providing more translated codes and related features on NFPA LiNK, and we’re excited about what the future holds for the platform. I invite you to learn more about NFPA LiNK, including how to sign up for a free trial at nfpa.org/LiNK. Let us know what you think!

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Jaime Gutierrez
Jaime Gutierrez
International Development Director for Latin America

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