Starting in September, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), developer and publisher of NFPA 70E, the Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, will offer the opportunity to earn the new NFPA 70E Certificate of Educational Achievement by attending a three-day seminar, which concludes with an exam.

The first two days of the certificate program focus on applying the requirements of NFPA 70E in the workplace and the relationship between NFPA 70E and the requirements of OSHA. Topics include identifying the electrical safety hazards in the workplace; explanations of electric shock, arc flash, and arc blast and how to protect personnel against these hazards; safety policies and procedures that employers are obligated to provide for workers; and the importance of an electrically safe work condition and how it is accomplished. The third day is spent on self-assessment and problem-solving exercises, followed by an open book exam designed to test the participant’s ability to use and apply NFPA 70E.

“NFPA 70E is the only ANSI-accredited national standard on electrical safety in the workplace and is the foundation of any electrical safety program. Anyone dealing with identifying electrical hazards and implementing strategies to mitigate these hazards in the workplace understands the vital importance of NFPA 70E in making the workplace electrically safe,” said Jeff Sargent, NFPA senior electrical specialist and staff liaison to the NFPA Technical Committee on Electrical Safety in the Workplace. “This new certificate program enhances the traditional seminar experience by providing attendees with the opportunity to apply their understanding of NFPA 70E. The end result is a professional with a real-world understanding of how the standard can be implemented to make their workplace electrically safe.”

Certificate participants will earn 1.8 CEUs or 18 hours for the three-day program. Participants choosing the two-day NFPA 70E seminar-only option will earn 1.4 CEUs or 14 hours.

The opportunity to earn the new NFPA 70E Certificate of Educational Achievement will begin Sept. 13, 2010. Courses will be offered in many locations including Oakbrook, Ill.; Quincy, Mass.; Secaucus, N.J.; and Cincinnati.

Call 800.344.3555 or visit www.nfpalearn.org to register.