News and Announcements

On Sept. 24, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR and Westex by Milliken hosted a webinar on the causes and consequences of arc flashes and the 2015 changes to NFPA 70E. The webinar focused on historical data, real accidents, body burn, and the differences between non-FR and FR clothing. Westex by Milliken featured a new HD super slow motion video of arc flashes on real 480V equipment with clothed mannequins in typical working position. The videos, which have led to a significant leap in understanding the arc flash hazard, showed arcs from 0.6 up to 40+ cals.

ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine has launched an app version to supplement the print and online brand offerings already in place. The app is available now in iOS, Android and Kindle versions through the iTunes Store, Google Play and Amazon App Store. It features a page-by-page version of the monthly magazine, a text-only mobile-friendly version, and a hybrid solution.  Downloading the app is easy. Simply click the following link for your respective platform, or search for "electrical contractor" on your platform's app marketplace.

January 8, 2015 -- The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) today announced the launch of its Certified Electrical Safety Worker (CESW) certification program, which is based on the 2015 edition of NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace®. The program works to ensure that electricians have the knowledge, training and experience to perform their jobs at the highest, safest level possible.“NFPA’s CESW certification program is an important credential for documenting electricians’ advanced knowledge of electrical safety,” said Jim Pauley, NFPA president.

Harrisburg, N.C. -- Galvan Electrical Products has developed a third online training module for professionals involved in the selection, purchase, installation or inspection of ground rod electrodes.  The new module, entitled “Ground Rod Specs and Standards”, is available now on the company’s web site,

NECA Now Accepting 2015 Safety Excellence and Zero Injury Award Entries! The NECA 2015 Safety Excellence and Zero Injury Awards program application and evaluation process is now open. NECA is now accepting applications for the 2015 Safety Awards program. The NECA Safety Excellence and Zero Injury Awards program is open to all NECA member-companies. Award winners will be recognized in their NECA district or chapter meetings, on NECA's website, in NECA publications and in a press release to national construction safety press.

PITTSBURGH … Power management company Eaton today announced tips aimed at helping professionals properly report counterfeit electrical products. The tips will assist professionals throughout the electrical supply chain with tools to recognize and report suspect products to ultimately help brands and law enforcement identify potential counterfeit product supply chains.

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Harrisburg, N.C. — Galvan Electrical Products has developed online test modules for two of the company's "Safe Grounding Videos" to provide more education on key issues which influence good grounding practices. Galvan's six "Safe Grounding Videos" have been viewed more than 38,000 times. Each short video contains several important points related to code compliance, ground rod specifications, factors affecting ground rod life or ground rod installation and inspection.

First webinar will highlight recent trends in counterfeiting as well as the legal response addressing the issueARLINGTON, VA – The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) will be hosting a free webinar on Wednesday, Oct. 29th from 11:00 – 11:45 a.m. EST, titled, “Counterfeiting: Understanding Your Risk and Liability.” The informational webinar will delve into recent trends in counterfeiting as well as the legal responses aimed at addressing the issue.