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Burning Questions
Ken Sellars

OSHA Letter of Interpretation: 1910.333 for Lockout/Tagout Procedure

Using 1910.333 as a Written Lockout/Tagout Procedure An OSHA letter of interpretation dated August 2015 answers a series of questions concerning the use of 29 CFR 1910.333(b).  1910.333 covers the Selection and Use of Work Practices for Electrical work (Subpart S). In this article, three of the questions and OSHA’s answers are included. My thoughts follow the second and third answers in

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Burning Questions
Zarheer Jooma

Is the Arc Flash Study Date Required to Be on the Labels?

Q: If there is no date on arc flash labels, how does the site electrician ensure the label is within the 5-year review period or other review requirements as defined in NFPA 70E? (…especially since Electricians don’t typically carry the latest arc flash drawings (or report) with them.) A: NFPA 70E – 2018 does not require the label to indicate

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Training
Hugh Hoagland

OSHA Repeats Its Take on Computer-Based, Online Training

In a July 2019 OSHA Letter of Interpretation, the Acting Director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs confirmed a 1994 Letter of Interpretation as still applicable today. The following is one of the questions answered in OSHA’s 2019 Letter of Interpretation: “Are online training programs acceptable for compliance with OSHA’s worker training requirements? Online, self-paced computer-based training can be a

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Electrical Incidents
Hugh Hoagland

Electrical Deaths Since August Spur MSHA to Issue Safety Alert

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has put out a safety alert based on recent electrocutions in the mining industry. Three fatalities by electrocution have occurred since August 7, 2019. The latest incident happened on September 17, 2019. Two occurred in West Virginia and one in Louisiana. An electrician contacted an energized component of a 4,160 VAC electrical circuit

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Electrical Incidents
Ken Sellars

Energized Guy Wire Causes Electrocution Incident

Two utility workers have died of electrocution because of an energized guy wire. In Orange County, New York, two workers were given the routine job of inspecting guy wires, the support lines that help support power poles. They had been contracted by Orange and Rockland Utilities. A news report described the work as “non-electrical maintenance” on the poles. One of

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Electrical Safety Program
Hugh Hoagland

Hierarchy-of-Controls Approach to Workplace Hazards

The Hierarchy of Controls in the NFPA 70E is no longer an informational note. As per the 2018 70E, the Hierarchy of Controls can now be found in 110.1(H)(3). Most, if not all, of you know this already. Most of you know, as well, that wherever there is voltage, there is also the potential for an electrical incident. These incidents

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