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Risk assessment is a key step in the electrical safety process that is summarized by the safety cycle shown here.  A good starting point for the risk assessment process 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 standardized system. Typical systems may include a quantitative risk assessment (scoring based on the frequency of the exposure, probability and consequence if the risk materialized) or BowTie risk assessments. See NFPA 70E®-2015 Annex F on the Risk Assessment Procedure.


Following is an in-depth look at the risk assessment element using the “Envision, Execute, Evaluate and Evolve” cycle. [...]

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 were that the clothing was too expensive, uncomfortable, or too hot [...]

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 [...]

Demonstration of a 20kA Fault in a 100A Disconnect Over 15 Cycles

This is an example of Slow Motion Arc Flash 100A Disconnect showing the impact of body position in arc flash.

In the video, the door comes off in less than two cycles, showing that Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) isn't the only thing to consider when it comes to an arc flash. Body position at the point of contact is also important. 

Electrical Safety Hour
This is the first video in our Electrical Safety Hour series. In this talk you will learn the importance of regulations and standards, electrical hazards and protection strategies, and the importance of wearing the right PPE for the job. All of these practices are in accordance with NESC and OSHA 1910.269 standards.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Hugh Hoagland Presents: Electrical Safety in Construction – Realities, Challenges and Opportunities
July 20, 2017


Join Hugh Hoagland and Mike Doherty on July 20th at 2:00 p.m. for an OH&S Webinar covering the following topics:


  • Perspectives on the current state of electrical safety in the construction sector
  • Current improvement initiatives with regard to awareness, case histories and consensus standards
  • Best practices in quality job planning as it pertains to LO/TO and energized work in the construction sector


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Safety Fest TN
September 11-15, 2017

Safety Fest TN is the combined effort of federal, state and local agencies, large and small businesses and non-profit organizations that come together to promote safety and health at work, at home and in the community. Safety Fest TN provides a week of free safety and health training annually in Oak Ridge and Knoxville, Tennessee, and is dedicated to the mission of making the region the safest place to work and live in the United States. The safety and health classes, demonstrations, and workshops are free to the public to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to learn safety skills.

Doug Lovette of e-Hazard will be presenting a 4-hour Low Voltage Qualified Refresher course at the conference on Wednesday, September 13th.


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Lineman’s Rodeo Safety & Training Conference 
October 12, 2017

Hugh Hoagland will present on arc flash PPE at the International Lineman’s Rodeo Safety & Training Conference on October 12, 2017 at the Overland Park, Kansas, Convention Center.  Organizers want to expand their commitment to promoting safe line work practices by offering attendees the opportunity to hear from experts on industry safety issues and hot topics.The event is free to all attendees.


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August 7 - 10, 2017
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October 16 - 19, 2017
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NEC FOR INDUSTRIAL INSTALLATIONS

If your organization needs an industrial-based NEC course that includes practical application and calculations on a variety of industrial examples, this is the course for you. e-Hazard's 40-hour 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC) course concentrates on the standards applicable to industrial and commercial electrical installations. This focus differentiates our course from other NEC classes that primarily address residential standards. 

Louisville, KY
July 24 - 28, 2017
LOW VOLTAGE CLASSES
Training Based on NFPA 70E Standard

Our 8-hour low voltage qualified course focuses on electrical safety training for employees who work on 600V and less.

This low voltage qualified course goes beyond the theoretical to give attendees a complete understanding of the rules, regulations, and standards of electrical and arc flash safety and how to apply them in real-world situations.

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July 18, 2017
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July 25, 2017
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August 3, 2017
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August 7, 2017
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August 15, 2017
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August 22, 2017

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August 22, 2017

HIGH VOLTAGE CLASSES
High Voltage Qualified Training Class

Working on or around 1 to 69kV industrial high voltage distribution systems requires qualification. In this training, attendees learn what it means to be HV qualified and which electrical tasks can only be performed by a qualified person.

Reno, NV
July 18 - 19, 2017
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July 18 - 19, 2017
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August 7 - 8, 2017
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August 22 - 23, 2017
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