Arcwear and e-Hazard have a list of articles* anyone can read if you have questions or concerns about electrical safety training, arc-rated personal protective equipment (PPE), arc flash testing standards, and even OSHA safety standards.
One article on the e-Hazard website discusses the importance of an organization’s Reliability Centered Maintenance, or RCM. It’s very much like a driver noticing the Engine Service Light suddenly illuminate on the dash; he/she is likely to have the engine looked at to find the problem and then get the problem fixed before something worse happens – like the car completely breaking down in the middle of the road. Paying attention to little things that are not quite right in a piece of equipment (i.e., loose wire, carbon tracking, broken phase isolators, etc.) and taking care of those small details right away can and will prevent much more terrible things from happening, like a worker getting shocked or an unexpected arc flash event resulting in a debilitating injury. But in order to find those “little things”, the company must already have in place a program that requires consistently performed, regularly scheduled maintenance on the equipment. Of course, the article goes into much more detail than the simple analogy above. Listed in the article as well are NFPA- and IEEE-published documents on their recommended maintenance practices.
Don’t stop there – read about why an employer should train employees on electrical safety, become informed on the standards Arcwear is now able to test for, and understand what arc flash is. And if all this reading brings up more questions, post those questions on our forum! We’re here to help you.
Other good articles to read include the following: (not posted on either of our websites but are available for sale online)
- “Managing Reliability for Electrical Safety”, Floyd, H.L., 2011 Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals Annual Conference, October 17-20, 2011, Greensboro, NC
- “Maintenance Strategies for a New Era in Electrical Safety”, Fayard, R.S., Floyd, H.L., Staat, D., Sullivan P.S., & Thornton, E., 2010 IEEE IAS Petroleum and Chemical Industry Committee Technical Conference, San Antonio, TX, September 20 – 23, 2010