Burning Questions
Ken Sellars

Electrical Utility Q&A: Emergency Response Requirements

Emergency Response at a Utility: When CPR/First Aid is Required We hear often about the need for electrical personnel to have at least a basic level of CPR and First Aid training. In addition, proper use of an Automated External Defibrillator is sometimes the only proven method of saving the life of an electrical shock victim. This article explains the

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COVID
Hugh Hoagland

DuPont Kevlar Cut-Resistant Gloves: Laundering Guide Available

DuPont™ has made available a laundering guide for their Kevlar® cut-resistant apparel. The digest is NEVER use chlorine bleach on Kevlar.  The best method is to use a detergent ONLY. Peroxide bleach and dry cleaning have negligible negative effects on the cut resistance of Kevlar fibers. You can usually launder Kevlar cut-resistant glove, but follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. You can

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Electrical Incidents
e-Hazard

Workers Help Save Life of Shock Victim

A local firefighter, state trooper, and three workers helped save a man’s life. The recent incident occurred at Wixom Lake in Michigan. A crane operated by workers from Gerace Construction contacted a 14,400-volt electrical line. Two workers received shocks. One went into cardiac arrest. Three other workers and a firefighter who lived nearby performed CPR on the man until the

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Maintenance
Ken Sellars

NEC Changes Part 3: Use and Identification of Grounded Conductors

National Electric Code, Article 200 – Use and Identification of Grounded Conductors Ahhh, the often ill-referred-to grounded conductor. People often incorrectly refer to these conductors as neutrals, commons, “the white wire,” and a host of other trade slang terms. To clear the mud, Article 200 defines grounded conductors as “a system or circuit conductor that is intentionally grounded.” (NEC Article

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Maintenance
Ken Sellars

NEC Changes Part 2: Space in Electrical Rooms and Panic Hardware

Two significant changes occurred in the 2020 National Electrical Code. They revolve around required space for entrance and egress, as well as requirements for panic door hardware.   We will discuss both of these changes, located in Article 110.26, Spaces About Electrical Equipment.  Entrance and Egress Requirements – 110.26(C)(2) When the electrical room includes “large equipment,” entrance and egress requirements

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COVID
Hugh Hoagland

NEW CDC Guidelines on Disinfecting Respirators

We do not expect the CDC to issue guidelines on arc flash PPE. But most manufacturers provide some guidance now.  Most of the guidance states not to share PPE without laundering. We have been fielding questions and trying to provide guidance on the different proposed methods people are wanting to use.  We cannot guarantee the efficacy of any method, but

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