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Electrical safety panel discussion

In recognition of National Electrical Safety Month, I sat down with several experts at the Eaton Experience Center in Warrendale, PA to discuss the ins and outs of electrical safety. 

Each year in May, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) recognizes National Electrical Safety Month, an annual campaign to educate key audiences about steps to reduce the incidents of electrical-related fires, fatalities, injuries and property loss. The theme for this year’s campaign was “Understanding the Code that Keeps Us Safe,” focusing on the importance of education around the National Electrical Code (NEC) and its three-year cycle.

Enforcement of the NEC and an understanding of its intricacies are essential to ensuring safety for professionals and the customers they serve. But code education is only one component of a comprehensive approach to electrical safety. Our panel of experts highlighted the importance of furthering safety education as they help shape and write the NEC and other industry codes in their various board positions.

Throughout the discussion we discussed the state of electrical safety in 2018, the latest technologies, challenges with NEC adoption and education and the role of maintenance as it pertains to safety.

Participants in our panel included:

Brett Brenner, president, ESFI: For more than 11 years, Brenner has served as president of ESFI. In that time, he has grown the foundation’s revenue, impact and reach while expanding the availability of electrical safety resources for a broad variety of audiences. Brenner served as panel moderator.
Kevin Lippert, Manager, Codes & Standards, Eaton: Lippert is heavily involved with promoting electrical safety standardization through participation with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the National Electrical Manufacturer’s Association (NEMA) and multiple other organizations.
Todd Lottmann, Commercial Product Line Manager, Eaton: Lottmann has worked in the electrical industry for more than 20 years and has been involved in safety training and arc flash hazards analysis for over 15 years. He is a current principle member on NEC code making panel 12.
James T. Dollard Jr., Safety Coordinator, IBEW Local 98: Dollard brings 37 years of experience in electrical construction. He has been a member of NEC committees since the 1999 revision cycle and presently serves on the NEC Correlating Committee, CMP-10 and CMP-13.
Thomas A. Domitrovich, P.E., LEED AP, Vice President, Technical Sales, Bussmann Division, Eaton: I am actively involved with multiple industry organizations and sit on the NFPA Code Making Panel 2 for the continued development of the NEC (NFPA 70).

Ensuring electrical safety is a responsibility we all share and education around this vital topic continues to be a priority, which why ESFI continues to recognize National Electrical Safety Month each May. Through this panel and our other efforts, we hope to enhance electrical safety education and reduce the number of safety-related incidents.