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In This Issue Arc Test Dates NFPA 70E Thinks De-energized United Relay Patent on Arc Flash Energy Reduction Articles Accidents & Videos Chicago Electrical Trauma Research Program now an Institute Fines by OSHA & OHSA on Electrical Hazards New 5.5 oz 8 cal Material is REALLY 5.5 oz. NEW Online & DVD NFPA 70E Training with a Twist Arc Testing White Paper with Different Electrode Configurations 2011 IEEE-ESW Get it in your calendar!
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NFPA 70E Thinks De-energized
NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace® does not mean you can work everything energized if you wear the right PPE. Many folks fail to de-energize when they should. Jeff Sargent, makes the point well in the latest online issue of the NFPA Journal in The 70E Connection.
United Relay Patents Manually Controlled Arc Flash Idea
Arc Flash is popping up all over the place. Fifteen years ago when I started arc testing there were very few people talking about it. Now I hear about arc flash presentations in technical schools and even in high schools. I have seen devices like this from Eaton and others. Looks like United Relay has patented a version of these. Interesting development.From the patent application abstract: “A circuit protection system includes a normal mode and a maintenance mode. A current sensor senses current in the circuit. An enclosure includes an access panel that is movable between a closed position and open position. A circuit breaker is mounted within the enclosure. An electronic trip unit is in communication with the current sensor and controls interruptions of the current by the circuit breaker based on a trip setting. An interface device is accessible when said access panel is closed and allows selections of the normal and maintenance modes. A display, which is in communication with both of the user interface device and the electronic trip unit, monitors the interface device and transmits data to the trip unit that is based on the selected mode. The display receives data from the trip unit and displays information based on the received data. The display is viewable when the access panel is closed. The trip unit changes the trip setting when said maintenance mode is selected to reduce potential arc flash energy.”
Articles, Accidents & Video on Arc Flash
Here are some articles published recently on arc flash and electrical safety.Articles
Click hereto see the latest articles including:Arc Flash Basics: Testing Update by Tom Neal and Mike LangConsciously Conspicuous by Mark Sanerand many others.
VideosFour New Videos This Month. More comingUse for Certification Training with our exclusive NFPA 70E Expert Q&A or Play a Module for a Safety Meeting or Toolbox Talk.
Chicago Electrical Trauma Research Program now an Institute. Most citations this month include electrical hazards.Chicago Electrical Trauma Research Program, has now been expanded and renamed. Dr. Raphael Lee wrote me about the changes this week. The NEW Chicago Electrical Trauma Research Institute pioneers treatment of electrical injuries. This structure is setup to facilitate growth of the program to help survivors of electrical injury.You can email CETRI at firstname.lastname@example.org. For a more rapid response call us at 1-800-516-8709
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Chicago, IL 60632-4215Check out some of the excellent resources on their website.
Fines by OSHA on Electrical Hazards this Month Most citations this month include electrical hazards.
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Tom Neal and Mike Lang Paper on Arc Testing with different electrode configurations Arc Flash Basics Testing Updatee-Hazard’s Best Training Now Online or DVD too!Arc testing research in Australia by Dr. David Sweet, in the US by Dr. Tom Neal and in Canada at Kinectrics by ArcWear.com continue to show that our need for knowledge and more research continues. It also shows that arc rated clothing works and perhaps even better than we guessed. Dr. Neal’s paper looks at what I called an ejected arc in my recent Occupational Health and Safety article and discovers that faceshields and arc rated rainwear are more protective in ejeted arc because they block the plasma better than textiles. He also discovers that ignitable clothing is easier to ignite in plasma than in the IR we see in the ASTM F1959 test.
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