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!
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.