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e-Hazard Safety Cycle™: ESP
Author: Hugh Hoagland 

A written electrical safety program (ESP) is a key part of the e-Hazard Safety Cycle™. Moreover, it is required by law. Yet even though OSHA requires them, ESPs are often missing from companies’ safety plans. A written ESP clarifies policy for training and enforcement of safe electrical practices; without one, training and auditing are hampered before you start.

For industrial sites, an electrical safety-related work practices program using OSHA 29 CFR 1910.331 - 335 and 399 is a minimum requirement. If the industrial site has generation, transmission or distribution of electricity, it must also have a program complying with OSHA 1910.269. Many companies use NFPA 70E® and/or the NESC® to comply with the OSHA standards, but having a written program based on the documents is more cost effective and practical (from a copyright perspective) than directly training to specific standards. The standards are program-guidance documents rather than program documents. Many companies choose to train directly from NFPA 70E® due to its practical nature, but a written electrical safety program using ALL the standards (NFPA, NETA®, OSHA, and NESC®) for reference can be more practical when company policy differs from the standards (for example, by allowing exceptions or by requiring MORE than any given standard). While it may take time to write the ESP, it is required. If it is thorough, the ESP can essentially become your standard and can be more effective than using a standard program guide without interpretation... [Read Full Article]

In 2006, OSHA responded to questions on several topics, and some of these questions still come up. The first question and response on marking of electrical equipment for arc flash hazards is included in the article. To read the answers to other questions concerning FR clothing requirements for electrical installations covered by Subpart S and General Duty Clause violations [...]

When it comes to electrical installation, perhaps one of the most violated sections of the National Electrical Code has been, and continues to be, proper torquing of electrical connections. In training across the United States, and even abroad, I have found that this failure to follow manufacturer’s torque specifications has proven to be the source[...]

Grants Being Given to Attend PCIC: Four grants will be given to qualifying electrical engineering students or recent graduates to attend the Petroleum and Chemical Industry Conference in Calgary this year. You can help by discussing the opportunity with students or recent graduates who work for your organization about attending the conference. IEEE Industrial Applications Society [...]

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