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Safe Connections through NEMA and IEC Configurations

September 11, 2022

By Brian Earl, Contributor NEMA – National Electrical Manufacturers Association developed standards for safe, non-interminable connections through their NEMA Wiring Device Configuration Chart. Similarly, IEC, The International Electrotechnical Commission, developed standards for all electrical, electronic, and related technologies to ensure safe connections. We’ll start with NEMA Wiring Devices and their category definition – Wiring devices…

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IP and NEMA Enclosure Ratings Explained

September 11, 2022

By Brian Earl, Contributor NEMA and IP ratings are important factors when selecting NEMA and IEC portable power devices and enclosures to meet your specific product application. Selecting the proper enclosure, or wiring device rating, is critical to the overall safety and protection of work environments. First a couple of definitions to terms mentioned above…

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Why Lockout Is Consistently a Top 10 OSHA Violation

September 11, 2022

Proper lockout/tagout (LOTO) practices and procedures safeguard workers from hazardous energy releases. The OSHA standard for The Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) (29 CFR 1910.147) for general industry outlines measures for controlling different types of hazardous energy. The standard establishes the employer’s responsibility to protect workers from hazardous energy, but sadly it is one of…

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Your First Aid Kit Is (Probably) Outdated!

September 11, 2022

Every construction site should update its first aid kit by October 15, 2022. By Nicole Randall, Contributor The old saying, “Out of sight, out of mind,” unfortunately applies to many workplace first aid kits. But there’s a good reason to pull existing kits off the wall, out of the closet, or out of the truck,…

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Substation Grounding Design: Reducing Step and Touch Voltage Hazards

September 11, 2022

By David Lewis, Contributor Substations, switchyards, generation sites, and many industrial facilities have a grounding system that consists of a buried network of ground electrodes. Grounding systems are an important part of the power infrastructure and provide multiple purposes including: Helping to ensure personnel and public safety Facilitating proper equipment operation under normal and faulted…

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What Are Absence of Voltage Testers and How Are They Used?

September 11, 2022

A Q&A with Marty Kronz from Panduit about AVTs and how they boost safety. The VeriSafe 2.0 Absence of Voltage Tester (AVT) is a permanently mounted tester that is used to verify a circuit is de-energized prior to opening an electrical enclosure. Once installed, a push of a button enables personnel who have been trained…

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Understanding Arc Flash PPE

September 11, 2022

By Joe Schomaker, Contributor Nearly all electrical professionals are familiar with the dangers of arc flash — the fiery explosions that can result from arcing faults in electrical equipment. But did you know employers are required by law to provide exposed workers with the correct level of personal protective equipment (PPE) to safeguard against these…

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Carhartt Q&A

July 27, 2022

Tell us about Carhartt’s workwear line., Carhartt Company Gear™. Over 130 years of workwear experience goes into our Carhartt Company Gear™ line that offers uniform solutions for crews of 10-10K. This product line is purpose built for industries and crews of all sizes, shapes and made with Carhartt durability to outwork any task or job…

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Meet the new Panduit Absence of Voltage Testers

July 19, 2022

What are VeriSafe™ 2.0 Absence of Voltage Testers and how are they used? The VeriSafe 2.0 Absence of Voltage Tester (AVT) is a permanently mounted tester that is used to verify a circuit is de-energized prior to opening an electrical enclosure. Once installed, a push of a button enables personnel who have been trained on…

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Outfitting Electrical PPE The Right Way

July 18, 2022

A Q&A with Rich Gojdics, Senior Vice President of Sales, National Safety Apparel. Q: How do we identify potential risks and threats and why is it important to identify these to know the right arc flash and electrical PPE to outfit the worker? Electricians and qualified workers who approach energized electrical circuits and conductors with…

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