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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Burning Questions
Hugh Hoagland

Cleaning and Using Hand Sanitizers on ASTM D120 Rubber Insulating Gloves (VR Gloves)

Background: Rubber insulating gloves, also called VR Gloves (voltage rated gloves) or RIGS (Rubber Insulated Gloves), are critical to shock protection which is the most common fatal hazard of electrical work.  They are typically made of a highly refined natural or synthetic latex rubber and are either solvent dipped or water solution dipped.  The solvent dipped versions are typically the

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Burning Questions
Hugh Hoagland

Arc Flash Minute: Can I Use Lysol Spray to Disinfect Arc Flash Hoods?

NEW INFO: After our testing to check on the flammability of this product it has come to our attention from NSA’s Will Vereen who called the Lysol company, that this is not a recommended use of their spray and the method we used on the bottle is not certified by the EPA to be effective on Corona-virus.  They are ONLY

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Maintenance
Ken Sellars

NEC Changes Part 1: What is Required on an Electrical Disconnect Switch Label?

The 2020 National Electrical Code has rolled out a host of changes. Some, in my opinion, have been long overdue. Just as an example, the 2020 NEC has four brand new articles,  Articles 242, 311, 337, and 800. This came after 3700-plus public inputs and 1400 first revisions! Here we’ll discuss one of the first changes. It appears in Article

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Burning Questions
Hugh Hoagland

“Tuck, Button, & Roll” Explained

Q: We understand that OSHA 1910.269 recommends and NFPA 70E requires Arc-Rated shirts to be tucked in. We are an electric utility cooperative. If an AR (Flame Resistant, Arc-Rated) t-shirt is worn that matches the hazard and the AR t-shirt is tucked in and an outer AR shirt is also worn, primarily for warmth, does the outer AR shirt have

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