by , on May 12, 2014
May 2014 3 things you need to know about the new OSHA standard changes Electric utilities (some larger industrial workers) and their contractors are required to wear flame resistant clothing for arc flash exposures effective July 11, 2014. FR clothing is defined as non-melting, non-ignitable but does not have to be matched to the hazard...
by , on May 12, 2014
Milliken & Company announced last week it has acquired Westex, Inc. Together, the companies will continue to offer customers the highest quality products for flash fire, arc flash and  secondary thermal hazard protection. Mike Enright, VP of sales and marketing for Westex states, “Westex has a proven track record of developing FR technology, products and...
by , on May 8, 2014
Hugh Hoagland of e-Hazard evaluates three safety glasses (clear, amber and smoke) for arc rating and the value of everyday safety glasses in arc flash vs. arc rated shields is discussed. This information will benefit line technicians, electricians, and OH&S safety professionals. e-Hazard includes this new information for their training on NESC, NFPA 70E, and...
by , on May 8, 2014
A lineman working on a project near Eklutna, Anchorage, AK, sustained electrical shock injuries as part of a four-person crew working on de-energized powerlines near a new plant. Reports indicate, power had been cut to the line, allowing  work to be done. However, “electricity flowing in nearby wires induced enough current in the supposedly dead...
by , on May 5, 2014
An employee at the Suncor oil sands development in northern Alberta has died while working near electrical panels on the work site. The 27-year-old Suncor electrician who was severely injured and was pronounced dead after being transported to the hospital in Fort McMurray. A stop-order has been issued for the electrical panels until a cause has...
by , on May 1, 2014
Changes are coming to the way we refer to PPE classifications in NFPA 70E. The new NFPA 70E 2015 version, due in Aug/Sept 2014, eliminates the commonly used term HRC (Hazard/Risk Category), which described the level of PPE needed for specific tasks in the PPE tables. Instead, the new NFPA 70E will use the term...
by , on May 1, 2014
Each May, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) sponsors National Electrical Safety Month to raise awareness of potential home electrical hazards and the importance of electrical safety. This annual effort supports ESFI’s yearlong campaign, 4 Seasons of Safety, which educates the public about fire and electrical safety dangers that are related to common seasonal activities....
by , on April 30, 2014
For years, the safety industry has been searching for lighter-weight protection that would stand up to the hazards of arc flash. Now PBI Performance Products introduces the PBI Lightweight Gold 40-cal suit, the newest HRC 4 suit on the market in the lightweight category. PBI says, “This product sets a new standard for arc flash...
by , on April 25, 2014
NEW OSHA STANDARD CHANGES EVERYTHING FOR GENERATION, TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION We’ll survey the new OSHA Standard Changes in overview of what changed and offer some practical advice on meeting the new standard for utilities and larger industrial customers affected by 1910.269 and 1926.950-60 Series. Notes will be offered on the changes in 1910.137 also. REGISTER...
by , on April 24, 2014
After a 2012 arc flash incident, an Ontario manufacturing company pleaded guilty and received a fine of $100,000 after a worker was burned via an exposed power terminal. The worker, as well as a supervisor and another worker, were at a Linamar Corp. (dba Vehcom Manufacturing)  facility in Guelph, Ont., working on a set of...
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