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ESW 2010 Get Signed Up Sign up today for the 2010 ESW Memphis, TN February 1-5, 2010
There are a few things I attend every year and one is the PCIC Electrical Safety Workshop. You should too. This is the best conference on the latest in electrical safety. The papers are VERY practical and up-to-date.
Articles, Accidents & Video on Arc Flash
Here are some articles published recently on arc flash and electrical safety.
Firefighters and Electrical Hazards
Firefighters are a common theme in electrical incidents. I have a few recent links on this subject. Comment and give your thoughts on my blog.
Hugh’s Blog StoryOur class was developed by an electrical engineer, electrician and former fire chief, Al Havens.
Electrical Safety, Technical, and Mega Projects Workshop Calgary Canada Sign Ups Open
Sign up open for the 2010 Mega Projects WorkshopCalgary, AB CanadaMarch 29 – 31, 2010
The IEEE IAS ESTMP Workshop provides a forum for exchanging and advancing industry knowledge in the areas of electrical safety, engineering design, system reliability and the implementation and execution of Mega Projects. The Workshop focus will be to share innovative concepts, successes as well as lessons learned in the areas of: 1) advancing state of the art knowledge and best practices, 2) stimulating innovation in creating the next generation of technology and 3) design and implementation of Mega Projects.
Fines by OSHA on Electrical Hazards this Month Most citations this month include electrical hazards and LO/TO.Company faces $88,200 in OSHA fines for 34kV arc flash May 18 on North Campus of the State University of New York at Buffalo, NY
Burn Up the Myth: Arc Flash and the Janitor Arc Flash Boundaries when Equipment isn’t being used?
Question: I am just completing a detailed Electrical Safety Audit at a Coal Fired Power Plant in WA State.
One of the equipment manufacturers completed an arc flash study and advised the client the at the arc flash boundary they should paint a yellow line around the switchgear and MCCs and that it was not safe to have anyone approach the electrical equipment when it is operating normally.
The client trusted this recommendation.
I advised the client that the electrical equipment when operating normally is safe to approach, for instance to have a janitor mop the floors in front of it.
I am writing to ask your opinion with respect to the fact that electrical equipment doesn’t normally arc flash and it is safe to approach for external inspection, reading panel meters, janitorial work, etc…?Answer: You wouldn’t believe how many have been told this. I call it the I-bought-the-arc-flash-calculation-software-module-now-I’m-an-arc-flash-expert consultant syndrome. There is a proverb which says, “The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.”Two definitions from NFPA 70E-2009 clarify why the “expert” is wrong:“Arc Flash Hazard. A dangerous condition associated with the possible release of energy caused by an electric arc.
FPN No. 1: An arc flash hazard may exist when energized electrical conductors or circuit parts are exposed or when they are within equipment in a guarded or enclosed condition, provided a person is interacting with the equipment in such a manner that could cause an electric arc. Under normal operating conditions, enclosed energized equipment that has been properly installed and maintained is not likely to pose an arc flash hazard. [emphasis added].Boundary, Arc Flash Protection. When an arc flash hazard exists, an approach limit at a distance from a prospective arc source within which a person could receive a second degree burn if an electrical arc flash were to occur.”
I had a power plant call me because their switchgear had to be operated from the next county (literally) because of the arc flash study’s findings. This was a little different in that the study “expert” saying that operating the breaker causes big issues. That “breaker” would NEVER be operated energized because it comes from the generator.I know of a janitor arc flash incident BUT it isn’t normal equipment. The janitor was cleaning near an arc flash marked boundary which had not been properly “guarded, isolated or insulated” (exposed bus in NFPA 70E terms). The janitor put a metal broom handle into the bus and was killed by a clothing ignition. This is why some level of electrical safety training (commonly called arc flash training) is needed in your normal safety training. Build in a few slides on shock and arc flash.
NEW Website, Twitter and Blog Need Up to Date Arc & Electrical Safety Info?ArcWear and e-Hazard have teamed up to create a Twitter and Blog. Most of the things you find in the newsletter come out on the blog first. You can now even read them as they come out on the redesigned e-Hazard site. Look at the bottom of the page.Check out the e-Hazard.com redesign.See the Twitter page nfpa70e. It is short but sweet.The newsletter archives are at both ArcWear.com and on the new ArcWear/e-Hazard blog.See the Blog http://electricalarcflashsafety.com/
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Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
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Minimum of 10 years of progressively challenging experience in the field of electrical systems and design for commercial and industrial buildings, including work in coordination and short circuit studies.
Experience in NFPA 70E and Arc Flash Hazard Analysis
Experience with electrical software programs such as: SKM, Easy Power, EDSA and ASPEN is a plus.
Must be able to demonstrate the ability to take the lead on complex multi-faceted engineering projects
Ability to manage a team of electrical engineers
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If you have interest in this position, please send an updated resume – we will maintain your confidentiality. If you do not have interest, but perhaps know of someone that might be a fit, we would appreciate any names and contact information. Again, we will maintain your confidentiality from that perspective as well. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.
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