May 13, 2015 | Posted in Electrical Safety News | By

National Electrical Safety Month

May is National Electrical Safety Month, promoted by the non-profit Electrical Safety Foundation International.  We’re glad we have a whole month dedicated to electrical safety, but really every single day should be focused on being electrically safe.   At PowerHawke, electrical safety is our number one rule and we’d like it to be yours too!

What do the numbers 10, 30, and 300 mean to you? Scroll down to find out!

NFPA 70E was originally created by OSHA’s requests.  The 2015 edition launched last summer and includes the latest info on the effects of arc flash, dc hazards and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)Knowledge of and compliance with NFPA 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace can prevent the hundreds of deaths and thousands of burn injuries that occur every year from electric shock, arc flash, or arc blast situations.  These split-second electrical incidents can lead to permanent injuries and even death.  

An arc flash is the sudden release of electrical energy through the air when a high–voltage gap exists and there is a breakdown between conductors. An arc flash gives off thermal radiation (heat) and bright, intense light that can cause burns and other injuries. Temperatures have been recorded as high as 35,000 ?F! Don’t let this happen to your electricians and maintenance employees or contractors.  Sign up for NFPA 70E Training, buy the code, read it, and be compliant.

10… 30…. 300… don’t let these statistics happen at your workplace. 

There are numerous ways to be more safe proposed on the whiteboard below. The most important is to work de-energized.  When the power is off, the risk is eliminated.  However, we know you need power to run your business and it’s not always feasible to shutdown when you need to.  Therefore, you need to know the level of risk associated with a particular panelboard, disconnect, transformer, etc.  OSHA’s general duty clause puts the onus clearly on the employer.  If you don’t know the risk, then you shouldn’t let your electrician anywhere near the device without adequate PPE for the highest potential and even that is risky…  The only way to know true level of risk is to complete an Arc Flash Risk Assessment per NFPA 70E.

White Board Electrical Safety (web)

Download the e-book Electrical Safety in the Workplace from ESFI by clicking here. 

Contact Bob or Laura if you’re interested in
learning more about NFPA 70E or Arc Flash.