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by , on May 18, 2015
Q: Your recent answer to the question about EEWP for applying grounds jogged my memory about a different question that has come up during our in-house training. When creating an electrically safe work condition, why are proximity detectors OK to detect the absence of voltage above 1kV, but not below?  Or are we (and all the...
by , on May 12, 2015
An electrical technician for Republic Steel in Blasdell, NY, sustained several arc flash injuries in October 2014 while working on live equipment. The employee suffered first degree burns on her face and third degree burns on her hand. She was removing wiring from a fan motor in an overhead crane; an ungrounded electrical conductor touched the...
by , on May 11, 2015
Q:  When a qualified worker opens a control panel to reset a fault condition on a motor drive or observe PLC status lights AND is within the ARC FLASH BOUNDARY, is the worker considered to be performing live work which requires Arc Rated PPE? No other interface with equipment and/or interaction that would change equipment...
by , on May 8, 2015
The new ISO 45001 sets requirements for occupational health and safety management systems. It is currently known as OHSAS (Occupational Health & Safety Advisory Services) 18001, but come 2016, later in the year, that standard will be known as ISO 45001. The themes of OHSAS 18001 will remain the same, according to committee chairman David Smith....
by , on May 5, 2015
Hugh Hoagland and Stacy Klausing, M.Sc. are named as voting members of the technical committee for NFPA 2112 Standard on Flame-Resistant Garments for the Protection of Industrial Personnel Against Flash Fire. The technical committee is responsible for the development of both the NFPA 2112 and NFPA 2113 documents. Hugh Hoagland is an expert on electrical...
by , on April 27, 2015
1. It is OSHA Law 1910.332(a) Scope. The training requirements contained in this section apply to employees who face a risk of electric shock that is not reduced to a safe level by the electrical installation requirements of 1910.303 through 1910.308. Note: Employees in occupations listed in Table S-4 face such a risk and are...
by , on April 22, 2015
Christopher Lee Dasher, a 36-year-old electrical apprentice with Duke Energy Florida, Inc., was testing and repairing transformers at a substation in Reddick, FL, last October, when he came in contact with a 10,000v energized circuit. He was not following safety protocol, and there was no observer present as he worked. OSHA has cited Duke Energy...
by , on April 20, 2015
Burning Questions Arc Flash
Every week we have questions from our readers (you) about electrical safety and standards. It just so happens that we love answering these questions with information that is both accurate and educational.  Have questions?  We have answers.  We would love to hear from you!   We have three ways to ask questions: 1. Visit the...
by , on April 16, 2015
e-Hazard’s Low Voltage Qualified Person 8-hour training course  is making a difference in Hawaii! Government and private sector employees went to Oahu and took the LV course to meet OSHA & NFPA 70E standards. Now they will be better able to help employers keep their employees safe around electrical equipment and while performing electrical work....
by , on April 9, 2015
The new dates are final for OSHA 1910.269.  There is a little reprieve if AR clothing is ordered. According to the memo, the following Enforcement Policies will be followed and are recommended for state plans also. Companies following NESC 2007 or 2012 will likely be in compliance with clothing requirements below. OSHA notably does not...
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