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Monday, March 30, 2009

New Curriculum Addresses Electrical Hazards in the Workplace

The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) has announced the 2009 release of the ContrenĀ® Learning Series Managing Electrical Hazards module.

Developed to help organizations respond to the 2009 edition of national consensus standard, NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, this new module introduces trainees and their supervisors to electrical hazards in the workplace and how to avoid these hazards. Topics also include how to select specialized personal protective equipment for electrical work, how to analyze and document shock and arc flash hazards, and how to plan and conduct work around them.

NCCER worked with subject matter experts representing the electrical industry and academia across the country to introduce relevant industry material into the curriculum.

"The purpose of this module is to provide an effective toolkit of awareness and behaviors that students can apply toward their own electrical safety behaviors and principles," said Jim Mitchem, technical services manager, The Industrial Company, Steamboat Springs, Colo. "Managing Electrical Hazards serves as an excellent study guide to understanding significant safety topics outlined in the NFPA 70E, in which OSHA bases its electrical safety mandates."

Managing Electrical Hazards also offers technical hints and tips from the electrical industry, presenting real-life scenarios similar to those one might encounter on the job site. Additional features include a list of trade terms and a module trade term quiz.

Students successfully completing Managing Electrical Hazards through an NCCER Accredited Training Sponsor will earn industry-recognized credentials through NCCER's National Registry.

NCCER develops the ContrenĀ® Learning Series curriculum in partnership with leading textbook publisher, Pearson.

The following subject matter experts contributed to this curriculum: Tim Dean, Central Ohio ABC; Tim Ely, Beacon Electrical Contractors; Danny Liggett, Amber, L.P.; Jim Mitchem, The Industrial Company; Michael J. Powers, Tri-City Electrical Contractors, Inc.; Ted Thomas, South Carolina Electric & Gas; and Wayne Stratton, ABC of Iowa.

NCCER is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) education foundation created by the construction
industry to develop standardized curriculum with portable credentials and to help address the skilled construction workforce shortage. NCCER is recognized by the industry as the training, assessment, certification, and career development standard for the construction, maintenance, and pipeline craft professional. For more information, visit or contact NCCER customer service at 888.622.3720.

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