Wastewater, water, electric, and natural gas utilities expose your work-alone employees to a lot of risks and hazards every day. Electrical engineers and maintenance personnel usually work alone for extended periods of time on outdoor pumps, treatment plants, and high-voltage substations, which can be dangerous. Employees who work with toxic gases, chemicals, and other machinery […]
Category: Electrical Safety
Electrical hazards can cause burns, shocks and electrocution (death). OSHA’s design safety electrical standards apply to systems that provide power and light to employee workplaces. These regulations cover electrical installations and equipment installed or used within or on buildings, structures, and other premises. OSHA’s safe work practice rules for electricity provide standards for both qualified employees (those with a specific level of training) and unqualified employees (those with little or no training) who work on, near, or with various electrical components.
There are three types of companies with regard to electrical safety: those that don’t know, those that are intimidated by the sheer magnitude of electrical compliance (or don’t care), and those that have done something. The reality is that electrical safety requires constant improvement. It is a journey where the traveler never arrives. The easiest […]
NFPA 70E 2018, the newest electrical safety code by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), is now available at the association’s website, http://www.nfpa.org. The highly anticipated standard, which is updated every three years, clarifies accountability for electrical safety.
For 30 years, Mohawk Electrical Systems has participated in an initiative that rewards Delaware businesses that maintain a strong safety program with discounts on their workers’ compensation coverage. The Milford business was recently recognized for being the first in the state to complete three decades in the Delaware Workplace Safety Program.
The impacts of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma may be catastrophic when it comes to electrically powered equipment and appliances. It is always best to contact your supplier for proper procedures, but these tips can help you evaluate damaged electronics.
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) officials say print and electronic versions of its latest electrical safety code, NFPA 70E 2018, will be published in October. The standard, which is updated every three years, contains requirements for safe work practices to protect personnel by reducing exposure to major electrical hazards.
Recently, a subscriber asked the following question: According to OSHA, are we allowed to use power strips to permanently power electronics like office computers?
How many times has your company asked a contractor to work on energized equipment? How many times has an electrician chosen to not turn a circuit off because it was an inconvenience? Have you ever worked with a contractor who has an attitude of, “Yes we can work it hot since our competition won’t do […]
Recently, we received the following question from a subscriber regarding extension cord safety: OSHA recently sent out a Letter of Interpretation explaining their views for extension cords on the manufacturer’s label stating “Do not plug one extension cord into another extension cord during use.” Does “during use” mean while the extension cord is energized? Or […]
Whenever workers are working on or near exposed live electrical conductors operating at 50 volts or more, they are at risk of arc flash—a potentially explosive release of electrical energy through the air that can cause serious injury or death. Here’s how you can prevent arc flash incidents and injuries. Make a Plan Employers should […]