by , on July 7, 2017
At a recent safety event, Toronto Hydro safety officials teamed up with members of the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) to distribute stickers to dump truck drivers as they left a work site in Toronto. The stickers remind drivers to work safely around overhead power lines. Dump trucks are the number-one cause of powerline contact in...
by , on July 5, 2017
To Wear or Not to Wear (PPE) According to a December 2016 ISHN article¹, 38% of the workers surveyed did not wear flame-resistant (FR) clothing for their jobs. The main reason given was that the employer did not provide the FR clothing. Other reasons included the clothing was too expensive, uncomfortable, or too hot [to wear...
by , on June 29, 2017
Brian’s story of his attitude-changing experience with an arc flash is a good reminder of the importance of wearing PPE properly and using the correct tools for the job. His story was recently referenced in an informative article in powermag.com, an official publication of Electric Power. Brian’s goal in telling his story is to keep...
by , on June 26, 2017
OH&S Webinar
Mike Doherty and I will be giving a webinar on Electrical Safety in Construction: Realities, Challenges, and Opportunities. We’ll talk about these topics: Perspectives on the current state of electrical safety in the construction sector Current improvement initiatives in regards to awareness, case histories and consensus standards Best practices in quality job planning as it...
by , on June 14, 2017
A written electrical safety program (ESP) is a key part of the e-Hazard Safety Cycle™. Moreover, it is required by law. Yet even though OSHA requires them, ESPs are often missing from companies’ safety plans. A written ESP clarifies policy for training and enforcement of safe electrical practices; without one, training and auditing are hampered...
by , on June 12, 2017
Mike Doherty of e-Hazard Canada will be presenting a paper at the 63rd Annual Pulp, Paper and Forest Industries Conference, June 18-23, 2017 in Tacoma, WA. Attendees of the PPFIC conference will hear the latest relevant industry topics during the three days of Technical Paper presentations, followed by Tutorial Sessions. To find out more about registration and agenda...
by , on June 5, 2017
In 2006, OSHA responded to questions on several topics. Some of these questions still come up. The first question and response on marking of electrical equipment for arc flash hazards, are copied below. To read the answers to other questions, concerning FR clothing requirements for electrical installations covered by Subpart S and General Duty Clause violations,...
by , on June 1, 2017
Grants Being Given to Attend PCIC Four grants will be given to qualifying electrical engineering students or recent graduates to attend the Petroleum and Chemical Industry Conference in Calgary this year. You can help by discussing the opportunity with students or recent graduates who work for your organization about attending the conference. IEEE Industrial Applications Society...
by , on May 30, 2017
When it comes to electrical installation, perhaps one of the most violated sections of the National Electrical Code has been and continues to be proper torquing of electrical connections. In training across the United States, and even abroad, I have found that this failure to follow manufacturer’s torque specifications has proven to be the source...
by , on May 25, 2017
A couple weeks are left for the opportunity to review the next draft of CSA Z462, Workplace Electrical Safety. You can also submit comments. The review end date is June 7, 2017. Please go to this link if you would like to participate. You will be required to log in.
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