Electrical construction is dangerous work. Electrical contractors and workers must always adhere to safety best practices. Just what are those practices? The following articles, listed chronologically by date, document safety measures and practices that help ensure everyone gets home safely at the end of the work day. 

“Don’t touch that dial” is an old phrase from the 1960s television era that an announcer would say just before “Batman” or another program cut to a commercial. They would pronounce it so authoritatively that you wouldn’t dare change the channel.

As the dangers of arc flash have become better known, the market for arc-rated (AR) clothing has grown. Unlike earlier offerings, many of today’s garments can be comfortable to wear on a daily basis.

With winter rapidly approaching, it is important to protect workers from the coming cold temperatures and potential extreme weather. Prolonged exposure to these conditions can result in serious health problems, including trench foot, hypothermia and frostbite.

In all likelihood, you will never be involved in a scenario involving an intruder or active shooter in the workplace. But in the event you find yourself in this situation, this article provides basic background and awareness information on how to respond.

More on Safety

Miles of Cable with No Place to Go

Chances are you have encountered a wiring mass—or mess—somewhere along the road when installing voice/data/video or information transport systems. Year after year of adding, changing and rewiring may have left the plenum with little room for additional wiring and cabling.

The Shower Zone

Many electrical contractors, electricians and electrical inspectors have struggled with the requirements in the National Electrical Code (NEC) for placement of lights, receptacles and switches in bathtub and shower areas. Can receptacles be installed within proximity of the bathtub or shower edge?

Real or Fake?

In 1997, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) began a nationwide program targeting electrical merchandise with counterfeit Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) certification marks being imported from Asia.

Weapons in Disguise

Law enforcement recruits are taught to identify and protect themselves from edged weapons, and interestingly enough, the most common edged weapon used in a homicide isn't a knife-it is a screwdriver.

Integration: Easy Does It

All or nothing doesn't necessarily cut it in integrated systems. Now, end-users can integrate all or some of their building management and security functions-letting the level of integration fit the facility.

Tools & Safety

Like most professions, electrical construction requires attention to proper selection and care of tools. Tool safety for electrical work has many facets. The wrong tool or a tool in disrepair can lead to injury. In addition, certain tools used by electricians serve as a form of protective gear.

Hazardous Chemicals

The Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom) continues to be one of the top 15 OSHA standards violated by electrical contractors. It was first developed to protect against the possibility of chemical-source injury or illness.