When your industry correlates to the fast-paced technology sector, you have to stay up to date on the latest! The NFPA held its annual conference in Boston this week and we were excited to send our own Dave Hernandez– This was their first in-person conference since 2019! Engineers and industry professionals from all over the globe came out to expand their knowledge on the topic of electrical safety in the workplace. This year’s attendance was record-breaking!
In case you missed it, here are our highlights from the time spent at this year’s event–
We were excited to get some face time with our customers and service partners on day one. On a side note, NAPCO and Carrier had amazing booths this year!
Service Partners present:
Changes to NEC 2023–
Service equipment 1000A or more must have an arc flash label on it. (Generic or Calculated)
Electrical Circuit Data Collection–
NFPA 70E® and Electrical Risk Assessment–
Talked a lot about The Human Factor- How the overall risk assessment process as required by NFPA 70E addresses human error and human performance concepts used to mitigate risk from shock and arc flash.
Equipment Grounding and Bonding–
A great discussion on various types of equipment grounding conductors with special emphasis on the complex requirements for ensuring sufficiently low impedance in the ground-fault path to ensure that overcurrent protective devices can operate as intended per the requirements of NEC Article 250.
Are Your Qualified Electrical Workers Truly Qualified?–
A nice overview of the requirements in NFPA 70E and how they can be used to qualify employees in the workplace and how to satisfy OSHA’s mandates and regulations as they pertain to electrical safety.
Education sessions for today included:
Arc-Flash and Arc-Resistant Rated Equipment Testing and Application–
Differences between an arc-resistant rating and a short circuit current rating in electrical equipment. It also covered the requirements for testing and rating equipment for arc resistance and the procedure for selecting equipment with an appropriate arc-resistant rating.
Developing A Comprehensive Electrical Safety Program Nine Key Components–
Covers training and other controls that can help employees become qualified electrical workers and address relevant standards, safe work performance parameters and procedures, and the importance of PPE.
Overall, this was a fantastic conference– We can not wait to attend next year!
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