With this eight-hour course, licensees get a comprehensive guide to understanding the 2024 edition of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace. 

The NFPA 70E Standard was designed to fulfill Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) workplace rules for working safely around electricity. The NFPA 70E publication is not from OSHA, but it fulfills applicable OSHA requirements. 

The 2024 NFPA 70E and the material in this course are consistent with the 2023 NFPA 70 National Electrical Code’s NFPA requirements. Course material is approved by the California Department of Industrial Relations.                                 

After finishing this course, licensees will be able to: 

  • Describe the purpose, scope, and arrangement of the 2024 NFPA 70E.
  • Understand how the 2024 NFPA 70E Standard applies to general electrical installations, electrical maintenance, and work on special electrical equipment. 
  • Explain the difference between mandatory rules, permissive rules, and explanatory materials in 70E. 
  • Describe terms and definitions specific to the NFPA 70 Standard. 
  • Understand the need and process for establishing electrically safe work conditions around equipment. 
  • Be familiar with an electrical safety program (ESP)  
  • Understand host employer and contract employer responsibilities for maintaining electrical safety on the job site. 
  • Execute safe handling, storage, and grounding of portable electrical tools. 
  • Be familiar with the types of maintenance necessary for fuses, circuit breakers, and their associated parts. 
  • Understand ground-fault protection for electrical tools and equipment. 
  • Understand risk assessment and its value for promoting safety on the job site. 
  • Understand lockout/tagout (LOTO) as a safety protocol. 
  • Understand that both simple and complex procedures are recognized by NFPA 70E for LOTO. 
  • Explain an arc-flash event while being familiar with hazards to human life resulting from a lack of proper PPE on the job. 
  • Explain that special electrical equipment is recognized and covered by NFPA 70E and that electrical equipment deemed special by NFPA 70E has dedicated NFPA 70E requirements for worker's safety. 
  • Understand the types of personal protective equipment (PPE) and that maintenance or inspection of PPE is required at regular intervals.  
  • Be familiar with battery and battery room safety. 
  • Be familiar with Informative Annex lists provided by NFPA 70E as helpful information but not as part of the NFPA 70E Standard.
  • Approved By: California Electrical Certification Unit

Instructor Bio

Jerry Durham

Jerry previously served the state of North Carolina as a Level III electrical inspector and provided state-approved electrical training for electrical inspectors at both Alamance County and Guilford County (NC) Community Colleges. Jerry taught the Kentucky state-approved four-year electrical apprenticeship programs offered by the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) Trade School and Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Trade School, and served the state of Kentucky as a Master Electrician and Louisville Metro Code Enforcement Officer. Jerry is a Certified Distance Education Instructor (CDEI) and NCCER Core and Electrical Curriculum certified instructor. Jerry currently holds North Carolina and ICC electrical inspector accreditations and is recognized by the state of Washington as an approved electrical administrator.