If you are a manager, superintendent, supervisor or foreman you most likely know this, but lets have a quick review of the highlights….and think of them from a electrical worker perspective engaged in many various aspects of the very diversified electrical trade/discipline in your plant or facility.Read More
If you work with electricity then you are probably well aware of the hazards (arc flash and shock) but something you might not be so comfortable with is the safe limits of approach and what is referred to as the working distance. In my experience, these distances seem to back seat to the incident energy level of an arc flash or the voltage level of a potential shock hazard but they are critical in determining one's safety. In fact, if they are ignored or misinterpreted then the risk of injury is definitely going to go up.
In this article, we will go over what each of these distances actual mean and why they are important to you or anyone who is working on or near exposed energized electrical parts.Read More
Have you ever tried to figure out if you or someone you work with would be considered a qualified electrical worker? Or did you already think you were qualified through your many years of service with the company? Well… in either case you might want to keep reading because most of the prerequisites for being a qualified worker are not being met by a staggering amount of people who are performing electrical work.Read More
When developing your plan for arc flash training something you might come up against is the question of who needs arc flash training? And it’s a great question. Your first thought might be that, that’s easy, electricians need arc flash training, but if you really start to think about it, there might be a few other groups who can benefit from it.Read More
if you want to assume you can just satisfy the absolute minimum requirement and ignore all the caveats that surround it… then your answer is every 3 years. But, if you’ve given it as much thought I as have and want to make sure that the training is effective… then it get’s a bit more complicated. In this article I want to share some of my thoughts on the matter.Read More
In this article I’m going to teach you everything you need to know about how to read and arc flash label.
Reading an arc flash label is paramount to your safety in the electrical field and from my experience too many people don’t understand all the information on the label.Read More
Today your going to learn everything you need to know about Arc Flash PPE.
In fact, these are the exact topics that I teach during our qualified electrical worker course.
The best part, is that you will be able to apply all these tips and strategies right away.Read More
Are you wondering what topics your arc flash training needs to cover in order for you to be in compliance? Then you’re in the right place. Because today I’m going to lay out 13 learning objectives that you must have in your training as well as the specifics on what to cover in each one.Read More
The electrical job briefing is a chance for workers to stop and think before starting any electrical job. Electrical work is inherently dangerous and should always be treated with respect. Following the practices outlined in this guide will help create a safer work environment for all.Read More
Protective grounding techniques have been developed to protect workers from working on lines that are mistakenly thought to be de-energized or accidentally re-energized by some other means (switching, relays, induction, equipment failure, backfeed, etc.).
This article will review some of the most important aspects of temporary protective grounding and help you understand what to look for when selecting, inspecting and using them.Read More
When people ask me the age-old question, "So what do you do?", I often wonder what my answer of "Electrical safety consulting" means to them.
I wonder if they picture me explaining to someone the dangers of phishing a burnt bagel out of a toaster with a fork, or straightening their hair while sitting in the bath.
Sometimes I'll add the word industrial which should at least shift the thought of the toaster to the lunch room at work.
But in all seriousness, I wanted to write this article to make sure those who do have a need for electrical safety consulting can have an appreciation for what it's all about.Read More
For the last 10+ years, members of the IEEE 1584 committee have been hard at work trying to determine if the standard practices for arc flash hazard calculations that engineers are using were any good.Read More
I've never seen the value in arc flash gloves. Sure, they sound important enough, but is there any value in purchasing a pair and having them as part of your arc flash PPE arsenal? I'm leaning heavily towards no... and in this article, I walk you through my thought process as to why arc flash gloves are a big waste of money.Read More
Electrical workers have been getting mixed messages when it comes to a 100 cal arc flash suit. It was always common knowledge that working on anything over 40 cal/cm2 was extremely dangerous and should never be done... or is that really common knowledge?Read More
Wouldn't it be nice if the implementation of a CSAz462 (or NFPA70E) electrical safety program was a little more enjoyable? It seems like where ever I go there are always people who are all bent out of shape because of some of the ideas they are grappling with. Or there is push-back from one part of the organization toward another.Read More
No matter what the value of the arc flash incident energy, even if it's below the threshold of a second-degree burn (1.2cal/cm2), you should be wearing arc rated PPE when you are doing a task that exposes you to the hazard.Read More