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…Read More >>
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,…Read More >>
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…Read More >>
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…Read More >>
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…Read More >>
By Rick Pedley, PK Safety President and CEO Before beginning work on your car, you’d ensure the engine was off or it’s securely on a jack. The same goes for worksites with a lot of heavy machinery that may need repairs or maintenance. Lockout/tagout (LOTO) procedures can help prevent machines or equipment from energizing, starting…Read More >>
By Derek Vigstol, Contributor When it comes to arc flash risk assessment, the truth is that a properly labeled environment is a safer environment than one without arc flash hazard labels. When the safety of an employee is at stake, employers can’t be over prepared. There are two options here, perform the arc flash risk…Read More >>
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