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Rod West

Rod West is a senior staff engineer for Schneider Electric. Rod holds a BS from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and is a registered professional engineer. He has worked in the electrical industry for over 25 years and holds a total of 11 patents for various types of electrical equipment and components. Rod serves on the Board of Directors for Whitewater Valley REMC, is a NAFI Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, and is a member of the Electrical Section of NFPA. He serves as a principal member of both NEC Code Making Panel #8 and NFPA 70E, the Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace.

NFPA 70E: What's In Store for Electrical Contractors in 2018?

Later this year, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) will introduce the 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace® 2018. The electrical contractor community awaits each new edition of the standard with a mixture of curiosity, optimism, and dread – with good reason. Even seemingly minor changes can have a major impact on a contractor’s established workflow. Most changes necessitate additional training, and some require electrical workers to invest in new or updated equipment. To help electrical contractors prepare, here’s a peek at a few of the more notable changes to the NFPA 70E standard that will impact their day-to-day work practices.