by , on May 11, 2010

OSHA has gotten more and more agressive on arc flash and electrical safety training.  In this $210,000 fine, the lack of electrical safety training is specifically listed.  I have had MANY USPS folks in our classes at the NSC and other venues.  They were all interested in safety.  Hopefully this is a fluke and most are trained.

Read the OSHA press release.


Hugh Hoagland
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2 Comments on "OSHA fined USPS in Bedford Park $210,000 willful violations “failed to provide required electrical safety training”"

Hanna - 7 June 2010 Reply

Sorry, it's not a fluke. Maybe the folks in your classes were the building maintenance people and not the electronic technicians. The electronic technicians (ET) were not taken into consideration for NFPA 70E in their electrical safety program since 2000 where the first fatality took place in Washington State. It was said that they only worked with low voltage (24v and less) that was why they were excluded. Think about it. The ETs have to troubleshoot the equipment. There are times when they have to start with the power source which is 120/208 volts. So they fall under 70E. It is not an isolated issue as you can see with the OSHA history in New England since 2006. These ETs wear the cotton blend uniform shirts and use uninsulated tools. Hello?

    Hugh Hoagland
    Hugh Hoagland - 11 June 2010 Reply

    Thanks for your information and passion. I totally agree with you. ET's are actually not exempted from NFPA 70E. Working ON is only part of the standard. What they are exposed TO is most critical. Exposed by definition in the NFPA 70E standard is things you can "inadvertently touch". So ET's are "exposed" to many voltages they are NOT "working on". The must be protected. I recommend ET's be in arc rated uniforms and use insulated tools since the tools enter a limited approach boundary in most equipment. Good insight and keep up the good work for safety. Hugh Hoagland

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