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Thursday, September 20, 2012

New White Paper: How New NFPA Electrical Safety Requirements Affect Data Centers

Emerson Network Power White Paper Examines How New NFPA Electrical Safety Requirements Affect Data Centers


Emerson Network Power has announced the availability of a white paper entitled "NFPA 70E 2012 Rolls Out New Electrical Safety Requirements Affecting Data Centers."

The white paper provides an overview of how the safety and maintenance changes required by NFPA 70E most impact data centers, discusses the challenges to implementing electrical safety programs, and shares best practices for creating an effective program for data centers.

"Electrical hazards are a serious workplace issue and are the fourth leading cause of traumatic occupational fatalities," said Brian Humes, vice president and general manager, Emerson Network Power’s Liebert; Services business. "The NFPA has made big strides to help protect workers and promote electrical safety with the NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety; however, some of the regulatory requirements are complex and at times hard to understand. This white paper clarifies the most recent changes to NFPA 70E. It gives data center managers the opportunity to digest the requirements, and more importantly, implement best practices for keeping their workplaces safe and compliant."

The 2012 edition of NFPA 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace became effective Aug. 31, 2011, and requires data center managers to take action in regards to safety-related work practices. Issues addressed by the updated guidelines and covered in the white paper include safety training, proper use of equipment, arc flash and electrical system labeling, new maintenance practices and more.

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