Category: Burning Questions
Burning Questions
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...
by , on October 30, 2018
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Have leather coats been tested for arc flash (we use them for our battery rooms)? Some of our workers perform work on batteries with sulfuric acid as an electrolyte. How well do leather coats stand up in that environment? Ours are unlined. Answer: I have not tested a leather jacket BUT… I would recommend using...
by , on October 18, 2018
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I have two questions about how to clean insulated tools. When we need to clean our insulated tools, what kind of cleaner or brand is acceptable? There’s this thing called Plasti Dip to put a rubber coating on your tools. Is that safe enough to use rather than purchasing insulated tools? Answer: To clean insulated...
by , on September 24, 2018
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Confusion on the difference between an arc-rated (AR) garment and a flame-resistant (FR) garment still exists. Let’s make the terms “arc-rated” and “flame-resistant” a bit simpler to understand. A Change in the Language and Testing The language concerning the labeling of personal protective equipment (PPE) changed in the 2012 NFPA 70E. What people had referred to...