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Understanding Testing and Rating of PPE Rubber Insulating Gloves

February 17, 2022

By Richard A. Rivkin, Contributor   Tested, arc-rated, shock protection, class, AC, DC, ASTM, OSHA, and more – what do they all mean? Live line working at distribution voltages up to 34.5 kV AC requires the finest quality protective equipment to keep the line worker safe. In the U.S., OSHA specifically mandates the use of…

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Arc Flash Safety: Helping Companies Keep Workers Protected from one of the Most Dangerous Electrical Safety Hazards

February 17, 2022

By Kevin Pietras, Director of Offering Management, Honeywell Electrical Safety One of the most dangerous and pervasive electrical safety issues (arc flashes) occur when electrical current passes between two or more conducting surfaces or from conductors to the ground. Far from being a harmless spark, 76,000 workers each year1 are disabled because of serious shock…

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Reconstructing How We Deliver Electrical Safety Knowledge to Minimize Exposure and Help Save Lives

February 17, 2022

By: Corey Hannahs, Contributor Electrical safety is without question a critical component to a successful electrical installation. Yet many seem to have differing viewpoints on what is safe and what risks should be taken. At the root of every electrical safety incident is a person who made a choice, based on the information they had…

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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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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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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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How to Choose the Right Electrical Gloves for the Task at Hand

July 19, 2021

By: Richard Rivkin, Contributor There are several regulatory standards mandating the use of rubber insulating equipment to protect workers from arc flash and electrical hazards. Regardless of the heavy fines, serious injuries, and deaths that occur from electrical incidents, compliance continues to remain an issue. What is even more shocking is that many workers are…

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The Evolution of Electrical Safety Training in a Time of Social Distancing

July 19, 2021

By Derek Vigstol, Contributor During a presentation I gave last year at the IEEE Electrical Safety Workshop, an attendee asked me what I thought the biggest obstacle was facing electrical safety training. At the time, I believed one of the largest roadblocks to training workers exposed to electrical hazards was a long-standing industry culture and…

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Six Keys to NFPA 70E® Training

July 19, 2021

By Jay Smith, Contributor NFPA 70E® training teaches you how the standard’s life-saving work practices help avoid electrical injuries, deaths, and OSHA violations. Training covers many topics, including establishing electrically safe work conditions, elements of a risk assessment, the difference between electrical hazards and risks, and the intent and limitations of personal protective equipment (PPE)…

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