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by , on May 18, 2016
What are the Best Practices for Arc-Rated PPE in your Electrical Safety Program? e-Hazard recommends using AR t-shirts as an undergarment for these reasons: Adds extra protection by adding that extra layer underneath an AR shirt Eliminates risk of ignition by taking out ignitable t-shirt (a risk with an ejected arc, arc-in-a-box, or tracking arc in high voltage)...
by , on May 17, 2016
Question: According to NFPA 70E 120.2(A), “All electrical circuit conductors and …parts shall be considered energized until the source(s) of energy is (are) removed, at which time they shall be considered de-energized.” Table130.7(C)(15)(A)(a) PPE is required to work on “energized” conductors.  Does removing the source and de-energizing the conductors remove the need for PPE? For...
by , on May 12, 2016
Why Do I Have to Wear Gloves? Journeyman Lineman Roger Sandwith was fortunate as he was working on energized equipment with a hot stick. An arc flash occurred, and he received burns to three of his knuckles on one hand. After a medical examination, he was given “the all clear.” Some electricians do not like...
by , on May 9, 2016
  Thank you to Puget Sound Energy for making this electrical safety video. GREAT job! Everyone needs to know about touch potential and step potential, and what to do if something like this happens to you, whether you’re in the car or you are a bystander. Don’t assume this won’t happen to you – an...
by , on May 4, 2016
Q: Now that  the 2015 NFPA 70E has eliminated Category 0, I am confused on exactly what 70E requires workers to wear when the incident energy is below 1.2 calories. Long sleeve natural fiber shirt and pants (cotton) seem like a  good solution except cotton does not have an Arc Rating, so 70E says it’s not...
by , on April 27, 2016
Recently our office received a call from a client asking if arc-rated shirts are supposed to be tucked into the pants. In our low voltage class, we specifically teach electricians, engineers, and safety directors to do just that. The client wanted to clarify some misinformation he had just heard from a company that manufactures PPE....
by , on April 21, 2016
For Immediate Release ASTM International merges with SEI and Enters the Certification World—What Does this Mean for Your PPE? Arc flash- and flash fire-protective garments can now be certified by an ASTM International subsidiary, Safety Equipment Institute (SEI):  SEI has become a subsidiary of ASTM International. This merger will mean a better, more cost-effective way...
by , on April 19, 2016
Question: I have been reading up on Arc Rated Face Shields per the 1910.269 standard. I know you need to wear an Arc Rated face shield if you are exposed to 9 cal/cm2 or higher single phase-to-ground exposure on the utility side per the new OSHA standard.  I have also found where it states that...
by , on April 18, 2016
What is Employer Responsibility? OSHA’s list of employer responsibilities to their workers is not short. To name a few, employers must provide any and all required medical exams and training when required by OSHA, establish or update operating procedures that all workers can read and understand, and make sure employees have and use safe tools...
by , on April 11, 2016
OSHA released their list of Top 10 most frequently cited standards for the fiscal year 2015 ( October 1, 2014 – Sept. 30, 2015). Fall Protection Hazard Communication Scaffolding Respiratory Protection Lockout/ Tagout   (as it applies to the control of energy during servicing and/or maintenance of machines and equipment) Powered Industrial Trucks Ladders Electrical –...
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