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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Webinar - New Federal Standard for Electrical Installation

The American Society of Safety Engineers conducts regular webinars on safety topics. You can see a list of upcoming webinars on the ASSE home page.

A webinar covering the New Federal Standard for Electrical Installation will be held on Wednesday June 6, 2007 at 11am-12:30pm CST. An ASSE press release states:

The new OSHA Electrical Standard will significantly impact SH&E professionals and the practice of the profession in regard to electrical safety. On Wednesday, June 6th, at 11:00 AM CST David Wallis of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will give a presentation addressing the new Federal Standard for Electrical Installation, which becomes effective on August 13, 2007.

A media statement released distributed by OSHA on 2/13/2007 stated:

"The revised standard strengthens employee protections and adds consistency between OSHA's requirements and many state and local building codes which have adopted updated National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and National Electrical Code provisions."

Changes to OSHA's general industry electrical installation standard focus on safety in the design and installation of electric equipment in the workplace. The updated standard includes a new alternative method for classifying and installing equipment in Class I hazardous locations; new requirements for ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) and new provisions on wiring for carnivals and similar installations.

To read the actual rule and information about the standard you can visit OSHA at: http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/electrical/index.html

The following topics will be covered in this 90-minute call:

• An overview of the standard
• A description of the new standard
• The potential impact of the standard
• Implementation of the standard
• How it will be enforced
• A thirty minute Q&A session addressing the standard

The presenter will be Mr. David Wallis. David is the Director of the Office of Engineering Safety, and has been with OSHA for over 30 years. David is a well regarded SH&E professional and has significant experience with both safety engineering and the creation/implementation of public policy.

ASSE prides itself on offering high caliber technical conference call events with an emphasis on quality with reasonable pricing. Participants in the “live” conference call via webinar are eligible for .15 CEU upon completion of all requirements, which include completing the on-line evaluation and on-line participation in polls, feedback and/or assessment sessions. A link to a post-session assessment will be emailed to all registered participants following the live conference event. Participants are invited to submit questions ahead of time via an e-mail to Tfisher@ASSE.Org. Questions and comments can also be submitted using the chat section of WebEx, which is the technology used for the presentation.

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