ATTEND the IEEE Electrical Safety Workshop
There are only a few things we attend every year. We want all our trainers to attend this EVERY year.
January 30 – February 3, 2012, Daytona Beach, Florida
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e-Hazard Trainer Speaking Events
e-Hazard Trainers including Hugh Hoagland, Bill Shinn, Lee Hale, Drake Drobnick, Al Havens, Daleep Mohla and others speak at events all over the world. Here are some events where you can find us:
IEEE Electrical Safety Workshop
Daytona Beach, FL
Jan 31-Feb 3, 2012
Hugh Hoagland &
1st Annual Pacific Coast Safety Fest
Feb 27 – March 2, 2012
Safety, Health & Environmental Professional Development Conference
ASSE Audubon Chapter & Tri-State Safety Ind’al Council
Univ of Southern Indiana
May 8-9, 2012
LOW VOLTAGE QUALIFIED
February 9, 2012
February 21, 2012
March 12, 2012
March 20, 2012
April 17, 2012
Oklahoma City, OK
May 8, 2012
September 24, 2012
HIGH VOLTAGE QUALIFIED
March 13, 2012
September 25, 2012
TRAIN THE TRAINER
LV HV Train The Trainer
March 12 – 15, 2012
LV HV Train the Trainer
September 24-27, 2012
CONTACT US TO SCHEDULE FUTURE TRAININGS
IEEE IAS Workshops
Daytona Beach, FL
January 30-February 3, 2012
IEEE IAS 2012 Electrical Safety Technical Mega Project Workshop
March 19-21, 2012
NEW ArcSuspender with arc tested clips
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December Survey Results
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CSA Z462 REVISION
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Most citations include electrical hazards.
Click here to see the citations and our commentary.
Burn Up the Myth:
IE / I&C Technician Training
Q: My staff are digital instrumentation technicians who will never see any voltages greater than 120VAC. What entity requires training for these type individuals (right now, we’re going to the training because our Electrical group says we need to, but can’t prove a basis for the training, and because it makes sense from a safety point-of-view)? What is the training actually required for these type individuals? Does initial training differ from refresher training? How often is refresher training required?
A: Instrument techs are normally “exposed to” voltages higher than what they commonly “work on”. This is the key. The first issue is shock and understanding when they might be “exposed to” 480V shock exposures; (usually older equipment is the culprit where there is supply and control voltage in the same compartment).
The second issue is 480V arc flash. We have several instances where workers are working on control wiring in MCC’s and a 120V minor arc flash turned into a major 480V arc flash when it ionized air gap in the 480V.
OSHA requires training of all “recognized hazards”. Shock on 120V kills more than 12,500V according to NIOSH. Arc Flash hazards are greatest on 480V systems. There is likely little or no arc flash exposure on 120V systems unless the worker is also “exposed to” 480V. I’m for meeting OSHA requirements on training and not over doing it, BUT I have investigated a few incidents of dead IE/I&C techs who thought they knew everything and had a 480V arc flash, so this work is a hazard. Even 120V control wires can kill in the right conditions. Safety training is law, not just an internal (company) compliance requirement.
Working on 120V is a hazard often ignored. Specific training is required for ALL “qualified persons” by OSHA. It doesn’t spell out what you have to train on specifically but they must be trained.
We worked a case of an untrained and unqualified supervisor in Arkansas forcing an electrician to do work unsafely which resulted in the electrician’s death. That supervisor had not attend training. He lost his job and was also investigated for homicide charges.
Email e-Hazard or ArcWear with a question!
|ArcWear™ Arc Testing Dates|
May 28-Jun 1
ASTM F1959, ASTM F2178, ASTM F887 fall protection arc testing and mannequin testing are scheduled at the Kinectrics Lab in Toronto on the dates above.
Ship materials or clothing to:
13113 Eastpoint Park Blvd.
PH: 502-333-0510 arctesting@ArcWear.com
We must receive materials or clothing one week before the test date for sample preparation, or make arrangements to ship to the lab in Canada. New and non US/Canadian Customers must make payment before test date. Testing is offered on a first come/first served basis with priority for consulting customers.
- $100 per material for prep/washing and cutting panels; ($200 for items arriving less than 7 days before test date to cover preparation overtime)
- $200 for shipping a signed hard-copy report internationally
No guarantee is made of when testing will occur; we do all in our power to test within one month of receipt.
All ArcWear.com testing is performed at Kinectrics High Current lab in Toronto, Canada. Kinectrics is an ISO 17025 accredited lab by the Standards Council of Canada.
Updated 2012 Classes
courses and accompanying workbooks are updated with improvements – even from the last Train the Trainer class just held in December. Over 350 trainers have been through the Low Voltage (LV) and High Voltage (HV) Train the Trainer course
with e-Hazard, and are qualified to teach using e-Hazard materials. More trainers use e-Hazard training materials than all our competitors combined.
Come to a class
or attend our Train the Trainer
course and experience the e-Hazard difference. Competitors welcome.
Low Voltage & LV Refresher
High Voltage & HV Refresher
LV & HV Train the Trainer
NESC – Coming Soon
We also schedule on-site / custom classes
at your place of employment. e-Hazard can design a training program around your company’s unique electric safety program needs. We’ve designed specific training for several industries around the country and around the world including petrochemical, waste management, welding, automotive, communications, military, metals and much more.
New Magazine Article in OHSOnline
“Gloves in Arc Flash: A Big Change in NFPA 70E” Here is my latest article that was just published in the OHS Online Magazine on rubber insulating gloves and leather protectors.
|Electrical Safety News |
NFPA 70E Closing Date for 2015 Proposals and First Meeting Date Announced
|Past Magazine Articles |
INCIDENT PREVENTION MAGAZINE:
“Five PPE Safety Challenges“, Sep-Oct 2011
“High Visibility and Arc Ratings for Flame Resistance“, Jan-Feb 2009
“NESC 2007 Flame Resistant Clothing“, Jan-Feb 2008
“Top Five PPE Mistakes“, Sept-Oct 2006
“Arc Flash: Feel the Heat“, November 1, 2011
“Training Strategies: Prev
enting Electrical Fatalities“, May 23, 2011
“Shock and Awe“, November 5, 2009
“Arc Flash Safety“, July 1, 2007
“High Energy Safety“, October 1, 2004
“ISHN’s Power 101“, January 4, 2012
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY MAGAZINE:
“Gloves in Arc Flash: A Big Change in NFPA 70E“, Jan 1, 2012
“Making Sense of Electrical PPE“, October 1, 2011
“Using Dielectric and Electrical Hazard Shoes“, April 2, 2011
“Arc Flash Label Best Practices“, September 14, 2010
” Arc Flash Training & PPE Protection”, August 3, 2009
“Arc Protection Around the World“, August 7, 2008
“Disposable FR Garments: What Are the Differences?”,May 4, 2007
“A Far Better 70E“, August 1, 2004
“Facing Up to the Arc Challenge“, May 1, 2003
“Choosing the Proper PPE for Electric Arc Exposure“, Mar 1, 2010
“Disposable FR Garments: What Are the Differences?”, Jan 1, 2008
ELECTRIC ENERGY ONLINE:
“Protecting Workers, Saving Lives: OSHA Apparel Standard 1994 to Today”,May-June 2004
“Electric Arc Hazards and Clothing“, Fall 2001
Additional WA State Classes for CEU Credits
Recently several more classes were added to those approved by the State of Washington for electrical continuing education credits. Thus there are four choices:
ASTM Potential Certification Program – F18.55
| Please see the file at the link below as it discusses a potential certification program based on the F18.55 standards. At this time, ASTM is looking at the interest level in such a program. After reading the file, reply to Jeff Adkins @ firstname.lastname@example.org.|
Click here to visit ASTM Potential Certification Program – F18.55
2015 NFPA 70E Edition Proposal and Meeting Dates
Proposals for NFPA 70E-2015 are due June 22, 2012.
Click here to download the Word Document proposal form from NFPA.
First Draft Meeting of the 2015 edition of NFPA 70E in Denver from August 18-25.
Click here to visit the Next Edition tab of NFPA 70E.