Jul 13, 2020
As it has with every industry, coronavirus has upended the world
of safety inspections—but in this case there might actually be some
good news! With communities across the world social distancing,
remote video inspections (known as RVI) have taken off
dramatically, and building departments are seeing unexpected
benefits. Jesse starts off the show with an overview of RVI and
some reasons why it’s suddenly so popular. Next, he talks to Jim
Muir, a building official in Washington State who some consider the
inventor of RVI, about its benefits and challenges, a proposed NFPA
standard on the topic, and how RVI could change the industry for
the better (5:18). Then, Derek talks to an electrical inspector in
Connecticut to learn how he created and launched a new RVI program
at his building department in less than a week, and why he plans to
continue it even after things return to normal (42:31).
For much more info on remote video inspections, visit nfpa.org/rvi, and read the new feature in NFPA Journal “Are You Seeing This?” at nfpa.org/journal.