Category: Burning Questions
Burning Questions
by , on February 15, 2019
Question on PPE We recently became aware of a worksite which was auditing a contractor’s PPE for compliance to NFPA 70E and OSHA 1910 standards. A contractor was using the pictured arc flash safety hood. At first glance, it appeared a mistake had been made by the manufacturer inserting a 25 cal/cm² faceshield into a...
by , on February 8, 2019
Today NFPA announced that the balloting is finished on the Public Input Balloting Stage of NFPA 70E 2021.  Now we are on to the comment stage.  Everyone can put in public proposals and everyone can comment on the proposals that passed AND the proposals that failed. If you feel very strongly about a proposal, you...
by , on January 29, 2019
Why is arc-rated hand protection important for electrical workers? Arc ratings are determined using a distance of 12 inches from an open air arc. However, the qualified electrical worker’s hands are much closer to the arc while working, and the configuration and positioning can differ. While rubber electrical gloves are typically given voltage ratings, they...
by , on November 19, 2018
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Is there an OSHA standard that mandates extension cords cannot be plugged into each other? We had a client once comment: “I have been reading about plugging extension cords. I want to make sure when I go on one of our sites and say, ‘You can’t plug one cord into another’ that I can give...
by , on November 13, 2018
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Is changing light bulbs considered electrical work per NFPA 70E? Is it necessary to de-energize and LOTO?  I would think, with the new focus in NFPA on hierarchy of risk control, the answer would be yes.  But I’m getting a lot of push back on this. You are correct on changing light bulbs. Per the...