Just in time for National Electrical Safety Month – May -- the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is launching its annual effort to help reduce electrically-related fatalities, injuries, and property loss. This year’s campaign theme is "Decoding the National Electrical Code® (NEC) to Prevent Shock and Electrocution," which features resources to help protect against common electrical hazards.
Flame-resistant clothing company highlights key hazards to encourage proactive safety measures
March 10, 2017
Flash fire, arc flash and other thermal hazards pose a significant safety threat in a variety of workplaces. Recognizing the key causes of these hazards in industrial settings — as well as wearing the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) — can go a long way toward reducing worker injuries. In light of this, Workrite Uniform Company, a flame-resistant (FR) clothing manufacturer, encourages all industrial personnel to pay careful attention to the following common fire starters and implement proper safety measures.
AIHce 2017 is offering TWO Professional Development Courses (PDCs) in electrical safety.
This year, participants will have the option of taking either one or both of the electrical safety courses being offered: Electrical Safety I (Basic Principles/Engineering Controls) and Electrical Safety II (Energized work practices/NFPA 70E).
In a survey of 500 people working in fields exposed to arc flash and flash fire, 38 per cent did not wear flame resistant (FR) clothing for work. The most prominent reason was that the clothing was not provided by their workplace (38 per cent), with other reasons including being expensive, uncomfortable, or too hot.
A brief explosion created by an "arc flash" from a 600-volt electrical panel that seriously injured a Ware River Power Inc. (Massachusetts) employee was accidental, investigators from the state fire marshal's office have concluded.
A Georgia utility company is facing $112,000 in proposed fines from federal workplace safety regulators after an arc flash severely burned an electrician at one of its plants.
OSHA cited Georgia Power Co., a unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co., after a 48-year-old electrician working on an electrical cabinet that was still powered was injured by an arc flash at the utility's Plant Bowen generating facility in October 2015, according to an agency news release issued on Monday.
An arc flash can be started by several causes. Some of these, like accidental contact and dropping tools are avoided by just not opening up energized equipment. Arcs can initiate from tracking across insulators, most commonly seen in high voltage equipment and caused by surface contamination on the insulators.
As part of its annual holiday safety awareness effort, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is urging the public to Make Safety a Tradition by providing resources that promote electrical safety during the holiday season.
At a Learning Lab session Monday on the Expo floor, Wesley Wheeler, Director of Safety, National Electrical Contractors Association, discussed the new regulations surrounding NFPA 70E and employers’ and contractors’ responsibilities.