NFPA introduces live virtual training, with expert instructors, to keep electrical and life safety at the forefront during social distancing (and beyond)

July 13, 2020 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has launched three Live Virtual Training courses that incorporate dynamic 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® (NEC), NFPA 70E®, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace® and NFPA 101, Life Safety Code; it comes at a time when classroom learning has been halted due to the coronavirus and workers are looking to skill up.

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 (NEC) 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
  • 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 OSHA 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 PPE
  • Understand the interaction between NFPA 70E and OSHA requirements, as well as safety policies and procedures for employers
  • Define electrical safety hazards and protection against shock, electrocution, arc flash and live circuit incidents
  • 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® (2018) 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, in part, 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
  • Differentiate among rehabilitation categories including historic buildings

NFPA 70, and 101 virtual training run 4 hours a day, for 5 days, while NFPA 70E is 4 hours a day for 4 days. After successfully passing an online exam, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion and CEUs (Continuing Education Units). Click here for additional information and full NFPA Virtual Training course descriptions. 

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As all of us continue to navigate the evolving situation with COVID-19, we remain committed to supporting you with the resources you need to minimize risk and navigate the effects of the pandemic. For information on NFPA’s response to the coronavirus, please visit our webpage. 

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