by , on July 20, 2017
To continue our focus on Risk Assessment in the workplace this month, we’re highlighting an article written by Mike Doherty, which first appeared in Electrical Business Magazine, March 2017. You can read the article here. Risk assessment procedure in Canada is found CAN/CSA-Z1002-12, “Occupational health and safety – Hazard identification and elimination and risk assessment...
by , on July 17, 2017
“What innovations and technologies are here or on the horizon?” Safety + Health magazine recently posed this question to leading PPE manufacturers and industry experts. They also asked, “What recent PPE trends have you observed?” This is my reply to the 1st question: We are seeing more innovation in arc flash gloves with the ASTM...
by , on July 13, 2017
Q: Is there a difference between electric arc and arc flash? I have been referring to them as the same thing, using both terms to describe the same thing. Is this wrong? Can you advise on your view? A: The terms “electric arc” and “arc flash” are interchangeable. Arc flash describes the event from an...
by , on July 10, 2017
The e-Hazard Safety Cycle™ requires a firm basis and understanding of the risk assessment process. A good starting point would be the organization’s existing risk assessment system. We have found that using an existing system harnesses the power of familiarity. If the company does not have a risk assessment system, it should consider adopting a...
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...
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