We're kicking off National Electrical Safety Month with an exclusive look into our forthcoming publication in The Journal, by Phil Allen. If you're a subscriber to The Journal you can look for the full publication in June's magazine. But for now, I received special permission from the Executive Editor at Putman Media to share this with our faithful HUMPDAY subscribers, so without further ado, I present to you the first installment of Phil's article, NFPA 70E Spurs Innovation:
Philip Allen is the CEO, Owner, & Founder of Grace Engineered Products, Inc. in Davenport, Iowa. He is a thought-leader and innovator in electrical workplace safety and holds four U.S. Patents on innovative electrical safety products. His passion for innovation helped make Permanent Electrical Safety Devices (PESDs) and the GracePort® a household name among the industrial electrical community.
Innovation in the Electrical Industry due to Electrical Safety
Safety is the reduction of risk, not the absence of risk, which essentially defines true safety innovation. In 1979 the 1st edition of NFPA 70E was published to address the growing number of electrical shock injuries and fatalities. The game changed in the 2000 edition, when the NFPA 70E started quantifying the poorly understood physics of arc flash incident energy and began to define methods and procedures for reducing risks for workers. Fast forward to today where the NFPA 70E has a track record of minimizing incident energy in power distribution systems, thus reducing arc flash and shock injuries. A recent study showed that 57% of facilities reported noticeable safety improvements following their implementation of an NFPA 70E electrical safety program.
The upcoming NFPA 70E 2018 edition will continue to live up to its reputation as the global gold standard for electrical safety in the workplace. Its emphasis on risk management will continue to drive electrical safety innovation and will keep the floodgates open for better risk reduction approaches in the future. Since 2000, NFPA 70E has inspired almost two decades of rapid fire innovations including arc rated equipment, smarter circuit breakers, arc flash software tools, innovative training techniques, and many others. Each electrical safety innovation made its own deposit into the electrical safety risk-reduction account. Safety innovations can only move the risk-reduction needle if they rest solely upon the unchanging principles of electrical safety as these examples demonstrate.
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