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DIY Electrical Maintenance on a Shoestring Budget

Posted on July 31, 2012 11:46 am

Budget cuts make electrical maintenance a challenge, but skipping maintenance can result in accidents and costly plant shutdowns. Although thorough maintenance is critical for safety and reliability, some action is better than no action. Here are four stop-gap measures to maximize your resources and reduce electrical risk in the short-term.

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Five Common Arc Flash Safety Program Mistakes

Posted on July 31, 2012 11:45 am

Industrial professionals are serious about protecting workers from the hazards of electrical arc flash and complying with industry safety standards. However, it’s easy to make mistakes that create unnecessary costs (both time and money) or put workers at risk. As you comply with NFPA 70E and OSHA safety standards, avoid these common missteps:

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Arc Flash IQ: Do you really need an Arc Flash study?

Posted on July 31, 2012 11:44 am

The short answer is, yes. OSHA now requires industrial plants to adhere to the arc flash standards set forth by the National Fire Protection Association in the publication known as NFPA 70E.

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What is an Arc Flash?

Posted on July 31, 2012 11:41 am

What is an arc flash? Something you don’t want to experience firsthand, that’s for sure.

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What Causes an Arc Flash?

Posted on July 31, 2012 11:40 am

Be cautious, the following points can result in an arc flash explosion.

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Is an Arc Flash Dangerous?

Posted on July 31, 2012 11:40 am

You may be wondering about all of the hype behind an arc flash.

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Distance Yourself

Posted on July 31, 2012 11:39 am

What is the minimum safe distance for an unqualified worker according to the warning label below?

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Distance yourself contest winner

Posted on July 31, 2012 11:39 am

Thanks to those of you who entered our contest! We are excited to announce that the winner is Dave, who correctly answered B:42 inches. Dave, we will be in touch soon to send you your prize of a $25 gift certificate!

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How to teach an “old dog” new tricks

Posted on July 31, 2012 11:38 am

Preventing electrical injuries and the possibility of an arc flash incident requires that the old way of doing electrical work must change.

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Do your electrical workers worry about an arc flash injury as much as you do?

Posted on July 31, 2012 11:37 am

As a facility safety manager you worry about the possibility of someone in your facility getting hurt or killed.

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Hazard Risk Category 1

Posted on July 31, 2012 11:36 am

Every day between five to ten arc flash explosions send victims to burn units in the US. Arc flash explosions can result in severe burns and even death if employees are not properly protected.

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Hazard Risk Category 0

Posted on July 31, 2012 11:36 am

An arc flash can reach 35,000 degrees fahrenheit and can cause severe burns, even death if employees are not properly protected.

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Hazard Risk Category 2

Posted on July 31, 2012 11:35 am

Last week we took a look at the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for a Hazard Risk Category 1. This week we will review the proper PPE for a Hazard Risk Category 2.

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Hazard Risk Category 3

Posted on July 31, 2012 11:35 am

Last week we took a look at the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for a Hazard Risk Category 2. This week we will review the proper PPE for a Hazard Risk Category 3.

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Hazard Risk Category 4

Posted on July 31, 2012 11:34 am

Last week we took a look at the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for a Hazard Risk Category 3. This week we will review the proper PPE for a Hazard Risk Category 4.

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The First Steps Toward Preparing for Arc Flash Standards

Posted on July 31, 2012 11:33 am

Your company may be putting off implementing an arc flash study and implementing the safe work practices detailed in NFPA 70E until funding becomes available. However, there are a number of things that you can do to prepare mentally for the inevitable.

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Do You Need to Update Your Arc Flash Study?

Posted on July 31, 2012 11:32 am

NFPA 70E requires that the arc flash hazard study be reviewed for accuracy any time a change has taken place and every five years as a minimum. Change is the only constant within most industrial manufacturing facilities.

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A Scary Statistic

Posted on July 31, 2012 11:31 am

How many injury-causing arc flash explosions occur every day in the United States?

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A Scary Story Contest Winner

Posted on July 31, 2012 11:31 am

Are you the lucky winner?

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Arc Flash Savings

Posted on July 31, 2012 11:30 am

Have you recently had an arc flash study completed at your facility? Get more return on the significant investment you’ve made in an Arc Flash Hazard Analysis.

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Arc flash incidents

Posted on July 31, 2012 11:28 am

Are you curious about recent arc flash incidents?

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What makes a quality vendor of arc flash services?

Posted on July 31, 2012 11:24 am

There are a lot of people providing arc flash services these days. It has become the hot item of the month. But, how do you know if this vendor will do a quality job and help you implement arc flash safety?

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Preparing for an Arc Flash Study Part 2

Posted on July 31, 2012 11:20 am

Last month we discussed how to prepare your electrical workers, management and yourself mentally for what is involved in implementing the requirements of NFPA 70E. This article goes over some practical ways to prepare such as gathering the needed documentation and deciding on policies and procedures.

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Design for Arc Flash Safety

Posted on July 31, 2012 11:19 am

An arc flash analysis can be performed on new electrical designs before they are installed to ensure safety and save money.

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Arc Flash Hood Recommendation

Posted on July 31, 2012 11:17 am

I recently purchased a new category four arc flash suit, and wanted to share a review of the hood.

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Keys to Winning the Game of Electrical Safety

Posted on July 31, 2012 11:17 am

You often here coaches and players refer to execution. “We just didn’t execute” or “We just need to execute and play our game”. The same can be true for electrical safety.

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What it the most important and often missed component of Arc Flash Safety?

Posted on July 31, 2012 11:16 am

There are many pieces to Arc Flash Safety and implementing the Safe Work Practices of NFPA 70E. Below are some of the very important components of arc flash safety, but they are incomplete without the one, often missed, piece that ties them all together.

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The Secret Value in Your Existing Arc Flash Study

Posted on July 31, 2012 11:15 am

Maybe you know that an electrical study would solve a lot of headaches at your plant. But who has the budget these days for such a thing? Let me share a well-kept secret:

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Simple as 1-2-3 Arc Flash Compliance

Posted on July 31, 2012 11:13 am

The very basics of complying with OSHA are that the plant needs to know the hazards and protect the workers from these hazards. When it comes to arc flash, it is not obvious the exact size of the hazard without performing a hazard assessment.

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Changes to NFPA 70E 2012 for the Non Expert - Part 1

Posted on July 31, 2012 11:07 am

Even though we are 5 months into 2012, I thought that it would be helpful to explain some of the changes found in the latest edition of NFPA 70E - 2012. My focus is on what the plant personnel need to know most about these changes. This article is part of a series which will break down the changes into bit-size pieces.

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