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Changes to NFPA 70E® 2021 for Electrical Safety in the Workplace®

November 5, 2021

Sponsored By GlenGuard Compliance IMPORTANT TO KNOW Electricity has long been recognized as a serious workplace hazard, for both people who work directly with it – such as electricians and engineers – and others who may work with electricity indirectly. Potential sources of exposure are many: overhead lines, cable harnesses, circuit assemblies and more. In…

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Using Technology to Enhance Electrical Safety

October 12, 2021

By Steven J Abbott, REALTIME-SAFETY.com There is a growing overemphasis in the job planning process to simply use the information on an applied arc flash warning sticker. This all too often creates an unconscious disregard or forgetfulness to review other critical sources of information that are important to the electrical safety planning process and creates…

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Arc Flash Safety Training: Smart Operators Know You’re Never Done

October 12, 2021

By Justin Gaull, Contributor Smart companies know safety training is never complete. Ongoing training and testing are vital to safe, injury-free operations. Proper training (and re-training) on electrical safety equipment and procedures prevents injuries, protects electrical apparatus from damage, and promotes operational efficiencies. Ongoing training is also a requirement to meet code. NFPA 70E, (the…

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Setting The Record Straight: Equipment Safety in Hazardous Areas

October 12, 2021

By: Robert Potter & Richard Holub, Contributors When it comes to using equipment in hazardous location classified areas that’s manufactured in other countries, what are the rules? What certifications are necessary? And how do you tell if equipment is safe for your application? Hazardous location classified areas contain flammable gas, liquids or vapors, combustible dusts,…

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Ensuring Worker Safety and a Safe Electrical System Through the Proper Grounding of Electrical Equipment

October 12, 2021

By Dean Austin, Contributor Grounding, grounded, bonding, and bonded are all terms an electrician, electrical engineer, or facility manager is familiar with and use frequently, but what does it mean to properly ground electrical equipment? The initial thought is, it’s just connecting the branch circuit equipment grounding conductor to the electrical equipment grounding terminal. In…

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Congress Urges OSHA To Act on Arc Flash PPE

October 12, 2021

Scott Margolin, Co-Chairman, The Partnership for Electrical Safety At least half a million industrial electrical workers STILL are not provided arc rated clothing and other PPE they need to do the job safely. The Partnership for Electrical Safety (PES) has admirable goals, dedicated members, and bad timing. PES was founded in early 2020, with its…

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Common Electrical Hazards and How to Avoid Them

October 12, 2021

Contributed by Synergy Electric Although we rely on electricity to keep our facilities up and running, certain electrical conveniences can be hazardous to you and your employees’ safety. While it’s important to be conscious of these dangers, being informed and proactive can help you keep your facility safe. How to Avoid Electrical Hazards in Your…

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Practicing Safety While Working on or Near Electrical Equipment

October 12, 2021

Brianne Deerwester, Contributor Electricity drives our everyday lives as demand and connectivity increase in this rapidly changing digital world. As our phones, homes, and workplaces get even smarter, a greater focus should be placed on utilizing electricity safely, especially on the worksite. Workplace electrical injuries and fatalities continue to disrupt the lives of workers and…

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Arc Flash Relays: A Critical Component of Your Mitigation Strategy

October 12, 2021

By Ralph DeLisio, Contributor Every day it is estimated between 5-10 arc flash incidents occur in the U.S., according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That is approximately 1,800 to 3,600 each year. Most occur when something is moving. Opening a door, removing a cover, and operating a disconnecting means or a closing contactor are frequent…

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Electrical Worker Safety: Supplying Headlamps as Critical PPE in Hazardous Environments

July 19, 2021

By Dave Cozzone, Contributor Plants and facilities have a duty to protect employees by providing a safe work environment and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required for the job. However, despite various PPE options, many companies fail to supply or specify important lighting tools – namely headlamps. Unfortunately, the lack of suitable headlamps can lead to…

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