2018 NFPA 79 Digital Handbook - Current Edition
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    Author: Mark Cloutier

    Help guard against electrical incidents and unplanned shutdowns with guidance in the electronic 2018 edition NFPA 79 Digital Handbook.

    Bring your facility electrical safety practices in line with the 2018 edition of NFPA 79, including changes that align the standard with today's National Electrical Code® (NEC®). This new edition of the NFPA 79, Electrical Standard for Industrial Machinery Digital Handbook gives you a deeper understanding of electrical safety requirements for the full spectrum of industrial equipment -- from single-motored drill presses to complex automated manufacturing systems.

    The 2018 edition NFPA 79 Digital Handbook is a powerful resource that spells out essential protection for operators, equipment, facilities, and work-in-progress through expert commentary on the "whys" behind the rules.

    Instantly reference the full text of the standard, new explanations, and full-color imagery.

    • Gain electronic access to the complete 2018 edition NFPA 79 text, including key changes to companion standards such as the NEC and NFPA 70E®, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace®.
    • Hyperlinked icons take you to annotations that answer questions and help you avoid oversights. Link directly to all-new commentary written by an expert with in-depth knowledge of NFPA 79.
    • Link to exclusive full-color images not in the standard.
    • Get the big picture with a dedicated Table of Contents for sections with annotations.
    • Find chapter introductions only in the Digital Handbook.
    • Save time with instant searches and interactive functionality.
    • Technical Changes table to assist you in knowing what have changed from the 2015 edition to the 2018 edition of the standard.

    The Handbook provides safety managers, electrical designers, engineers, installers, owners, AHJs, and equipment manufacturers with background and rationale that can improve NFPA 79 application and compliance. After initial download, no Internet access is required. (Digital Handbook, 155 pp., 2018)


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  • Also in NFPA 79: Electrical Standard for Industrial Machinery