by , on June 20, 2018
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First Things First: What is High Voltage? When we examine industrial on-site electrical distribution systems, we immediately notice that a large majority of these sites distribute power throughout the facility with voltage levels exceeding 600 volts. This puts the site directly in line with OSHA 1910.269, which defines any voltages above 600 Volts as High...
by , on June 14, 2018
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Q: I hear about grounding and bonding being so important in my plant’s electrical system. I am not from an electrical background. Can you explain why this is significant? A: The importance of grounding and bonding involves worker safety, equipment safety (protective device operation), and lightning protection. In order to control anything, you will have...
by , on May 31, 2018
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Safety incident causes production problems for auto customer Many years ago, a large auto manufacturing client had 3000 workers sidelined by a parts supplier. The lean manufacturing model they had employed had a hole they didn’t know they needed to fill: electrical safety. The small parts supplier had an arc flash fatality, and OSHA shut...
by , on May 11, 2018
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Hot weather and arc rated PPE getting you down at work? You must continue wearing your shock and arc flash PPE  – can’t shed PPE just because it’s hot outside! Clothing ignition kills about 50% of the time. Keep these tips in mind: Dress for the arc flash hazard. Too much PPE can be detrimental....
by , on April 20, 2018
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Question: The OSHA 1910.269 Standard says Fall Protection Equipment have to be FR, is this the same as Arc Rated? Answer: A harness is worn to protect the worker from falls, but it isn’t considered apparel and is not part of the arc rated body protection as specified in OSHA 1910.269(l)(8), “Protection from flames and...
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