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:
Los Alamos, NM
October 8 – October 12, 2012
National Safety Council
Orlando, FL October 21- October 26, 2012
LOW VOLTAGE QUALIFIED
NFPA 70E-2012 CLASSES
October 30, 2012
December 3, 2012
January 22, 2013
March 4, 2013
March 5, 2013
HIGH VOLTAGE QUALIFIED CLASSES
December 4, 2012
March 5, 2013
TRAIN THE TRAINER CLASSES
LV HV Train the Trainer
December 3-6, 2012
March 4-7, 2013
CONTACT US TO SCHEDULE FUTURE TRAININGS
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2012 NSC Expo
National Safety Council Congress & Expo
October 21-26, 2012
NEW ArcSuspender with arc tested clips
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|2013 IEEE Expo|
IEEE IAS 2013 Electrical Safety Workshop
Anatole Hilton Hotel
March 11-15, 2013
Updated 2012 Classes
Come to a class
or attend our Train the Trainer
course and experience the e-Hazard difference. Competitors welcome.
Low Voltage Refresher
High Voltage Refresher
LV & HV Train the Trainer
OSHA 10 Hour
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.
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August Survey Results: Safety Standards Used
For your electrical safety program, which of the following standards do you use?
Respondents’ comments for “Other”:
* CEC, Ontario Health & Safety Act (OHSA), EUSA, CSA Z1000
* NOM-029-STP-2011 (Mexican Std)
* OSHA 1926
* Industry Best Practices from around the world
* Chapter 296-45 WAC
September Survey Question: Balaclava
When electrical personnel in your organization wear arc rated PPE, do they wear the balaclava when dressing for Category 2 and for exposures greater than 12 cal/cm2?
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Fines by OSHA on Electrical Hazards
Q&A: Unqualified Personnel Flipping Switches
Q: I am helping one of my graduate students with the evaluation of a manufacturer who is allowing unqualified individuals to flip the switches in electrical panel boxes (one was identified as 480V; I’m not sure of the others). They are also unaware of arc flash/blast hazards. I would like to know if these individuals who may be at risk require the PPE as well as training, even though they would not be the ones to perform the annual calibration or maintenance.
Regards, A, Houston, Texas
A: Thank you for your important question. My short answer is: “Maybe they are at risk, and they may need to wear PPE and receive training.” Let me explain.
According to NFPA 70E under the definition of “Arc Flash Hazard” in the “Informational Note No. 1,” an arc flash hazard may exist when energized electrical conductors or circuit parts are exposed or when they are within equipment in a guarded or enclosed condition, provided a person is interacting with the equipment in such a manner that could cause an electric arc. Under normal operating conditions, enclosed energized equipment that has been properly installed and maintained is not likely to pose an arc flash hazard. (I have added the underlining)
So, there are two issues here:
1) Whenever a person interacts with electrical equipment, such as opening/closing switches, even though the door is closed or the cover is on, an arc flash hazard may exist.
2) If the equipment has been properly installed according to the National Electric Code, and properly maintained, using such resources as NFPA’s Standard 70B and the International Electrical Testing Association’s Standard for Maintenance Testing Specifications, an arc flash hazard is not likely to occur.
Therefore, it really comes down to a judgement call of the facility’s safety management. A person needs to take into account the age of the equipment, the design of the equipment, as well as its installed and maintained condition in order to determine if there is an arc flash hazard when opening or closing a switch.
If the facility’s safety management determines that an arc flash hazard exists in this situation, then personnel need to wear the appropriate PPE and receive the appropriate training.
Even though the personnel are not the ones who perform the annual calibration or maintenance, they may still be required to become “task qualified.” That means they have the skills and knowledge to perform a certain task and have received safety training to recognize and avoid the hazards involved for the particular task they are required to perform. Task qualification limits qualification to a particular task and that task alone.
I would add that they should all be trained in the proper “Stand to the side, One Hand Method” of operating switches and breakers, even if the judgement is that no arc flash hazard exists.
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|Arc Flash Training Forum|
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|Train the Trainer Class|
E-Hazard offers ‘Train the Trainer‘ courses several times per year. This 3-or-4 day intensive training program is designed to prepare qualified trainers to deliver instruction to others based on NFPA 70E and OSHA requirements. e-Hazard started this training to “raise the bar” in the electrical industry. Most of the safety training companies require you to hire their trainers. We offer this but we also provide training materials and trainer “training” and coaching so you can develop in-house expertise without “breaking the bank”. See what over 400 other trainers are saying about the e-Hazard TTT class and our materials.
Upcoming TTT classes:
December 3rd – December 6th, 2012
March 4th – March 7th, 2013
|NFPA NEWS Special Announcement Issue|
NFPA News, a free newsletter providing detailed information on NFPA codes and standards activities, released their Special Announcement 2012 issue.
|ArcWear™ Arc Testing Dates|
Oct 29-Nov 2
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.
|Burn Up the Myth: Treated Cotton Fabrics|
Q: I’ve heard a lot of questions about the durability and safety of treated-cotton FR fabrics. Can you help me understand which brands will effectively protect workers from electric arc exposure?
A: While Arcwear.com does not endorse specific companies or products, we have performed extensive testing and accident investigations. In our experience, treated-cotton fabrics made by Westex, WallsFR, Mount Vernon, Milliken, Antex and Itex are reputable brands and generally perform similarly for arc flash protection, based on each fabric style’s arc rating. Fabrics made by other manufacturers may also provide adequate protection.
In the past there were very few materials which could take 100 or more washes and retain flame resistance. Today some competitive testing is done with washing methods which are not common, and some brands do better on these wash tests than others, but the US laundries by and large do not use these methods and home- laundering does not characteristically use the harsh methods done in the competitive testing like the NFPA 2112 industrial laundry wash. I know of no US laundry which uses this method. Love to hear from laundries which do use these harsher wash environments.
|iSHN Virtual Safety Expo|
iSHN Virtual Safety Expo is a free online event designed to place information, peers and solution providers at your fingertips, leveraging the power of this virtual trade show platform with the unique and vital information from safety industry experts and thought leaders.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT
Just log onto your computer from the comfort of your office or home and join the conference.
|Power Gripz Gloves|
Power Gripz has recently released a rubber glove with leather protectors, with an added gripping agent.
Here are my comments on these new gloves:
“THE POWER GRIPZ could begin to change the utility industry by giving better grip than leather with even better arc protection. Linemen have complained about the poor grip of leather, especially when damp. THE POWER GRIPZ could solve these problems without compromising protection. Until there is a performance based standard for leather protectors, THE POWER GRIPZ are a great option.”
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|Open Registration Low Voltage Training in Billings|
|Meet the Support Team|
Meet another member of the ArcWear/e-Hazard support team:
Nancy Lewis – General Manager
Nancy is our General Manager and has over 25 years of professional business management experience. Nancy’s experience has been primarily in the technical services industry. As Vice President of Education and Technology of a healthcare organization, Nancy implemented web conferencing for continuing education courses. As Corporate Controller for a regional technology company she created a budget process for 10 branch offices each with 6 business units and investigated and implemented acquisitions. A career student, Nancy holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Louisville in Occupational Training and Development. While at the University of Louisville, Nancy completed courses at the Speed Scientific School in Applied Math Computer Science Engineering as well as Electrical Technology.
On a personal note, Nancy enjoys spending time at the family farm and just celebrated her 21st wedding anniversary with her husband Ronny.
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40th Annual ND Safety & Health Conference
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