e-Hazard Blog

by , on November 22, 2017
Many people think of a refinery as a potential place for a flash fire. Many also would have thought this hazard had been “engineered out” at this location. Here is how things happen: most of the engineering-out of the hazard is for operations, but maintenance can often bypass, or render ineffective, the safety engineering. PPE...
by , on November 21, 2017
pair of eyeglass frames on a table
Question: Some of our workers want to wear metal eyeglass frames with side shields for doing electrical work. Is this allowed by OSHA or NFPA 70E? Answer: (We wanted to play the Guess Who’s “These Eyes” for while you were reading our response, but our copyright department nixed it!) The question often arises about conductive...
by , on November 20, 2017
three people sitting at table discussing plans
Question: The new requirement for the Job Safety Plan is that it needs to be documented. How long are we required to keep this documentation? For the duration of the job? Monthly? Answer: NFPA 70E – 2018® requires that the Job Safety Plan (JSP) be documented. In order to understand the duration of the documentation...
by , on November 14, 2017
Three recent events have spurred me to write a little about sharing incident investigations. OSHA delayed its rule on web-based incident reporting. This could greatly increase the information on accident data to mine for tweaking regulations and for company’s best practice outcomes. The IEEE-ESW Construction Electrical Safety Workshop kicked off in Washington, DC provoked a...
by , on October 30, 2017
A 21-year-old worker came in contact with power lines while doing construction work at a Pittsburgh residence. According to a news report, he fell off scaffolding after making contact with the lines. He was pronounced dead at a Pittsburgh hospital. His employer, Ski Masonry, has been given two willful and five serious citations by OSHA;...
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