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by , on June 23, 2016
This OSHA Standard Interpretation for 1910.303(g)(2)(i) was published September 4, 2015.  The Questions Does the electrical guarding requirement at 29 CFR 1910.303(g)(2)(i) apply to voltages below 60 volts DC? Will OSHA treat a failure to guard live parts operating below 60 volts DC as a de minimis violation? The Answers The requirement applies to live...
by , on June 21, 2016
AGO in Canada developed an FR non-melting insect/bug mesh hood that keeps ticks, mosquitoes, and other insects from a worker’s face and neck. This is not arc rated since the rating would be VERY low but it would NOT increase worker injury in an arc event. Since there is no arc rated bug hood we know...
by , on June 16, 2016
The Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) completed their investigation of the arc flash incident at Priest Rapids Dam that occurred in October 2015. L&I determined that the arc flash could have been prevented had the employer made sure certain safeguards were put in place. The five serious citations are listed here: The employer...
by , on June 13, 2016
Q: Is a vented hard hat acceptable for operators when they operate a circuit breaker or disconnect?   A: NFPA’s 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace® views the hardhat, Class G & E specifically, as shock protection. The NFPA 70E Standard assumes a person will be wearing that type of hardhat when dressing in...
by , on June 8, 2016
What’s to Blame for Cataracts? Cataracts can form on the lens of the eye after the eye has sustained an injury; or as a result of other medical issues, like diabetes; or just simply due to aging. It is known that exposure to UV light or radiation can cause secondary cataracts. Scientists and doctors have...
by , on June 3, 2016
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Question: Can an electrical worker wear a normal belt buckle? Are there arc rated or dielectric belts? Answer: NFPA 70E prohibits wearing certain metal objects into the restricted boundary in 130.6(D), but belts and belt buckles aren’t specifically prohibited. We recommend limiting any metal on the body if clothing and work permits since the standard...
by , on June 2, 2016
A 48-year-old electrician suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns to his hands, arms, and torso last October at Georgia Power’s Plant Bowen generating facility in Cartersville, GA.  The electrician was employed by ABB, Inc., a contractor hired by Georgia Power to perform maintenance. The equipment the electrician was working on was energized at the time...
by , on May 31, 2016
Electrical cords and extension cords are common everywhere. From homes to the workplace, they are used and are the most likely abused tool that we have. Often utilized for simple things like plugging in the space heater at work or stringing decorative lights during holidays, the easiest option for consumers is to go online or...
by , on May 27, 2016
e-Hazard’s video “7 Electrical Safety Habits” is now available on Vimeo. You have the option of renting the video for a 24-hour period or buying it at our regular price. The DVD is also available  on our website Store. In this video, I explain the seven most important electrical safety habits to prevent injuries and fatalities...
by , on May 25, 2016
In April, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released their revised report with the final count of reported fatal work injuries in the United States. According to their data, there were 4,821 deaths at work in 2014. That number represents 236 more reported work-related deaths than in 2013. This higher rate shows the first increase in the...
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