Since 1994, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) has been promoting electrical safety across North America by facilitating public education throughout the year and observing National Electrical Safety Month (NESM) each May.
Plato, the Greek philosopher, had it right almost 2,500 years ago. He is widely credited for the quote, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” When it comes to arc flashes, many creative methods have been developed out of necessity to reduce or eliminate these potentially deadly hazards.
If you have ever challenged an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citation or looked into the appeal process, chances are you have heard about the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC).
Safety is an integral part of the electrical construction business and, as such, is an important shared responsibility between employers and employees. Implementing safety-related work practices is not optional. It is a requirement.
The famous phrase “The more things change, the more they stay the same” has never been further from the truth than when it comes to NFPA 70E, the Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace. Many changes occur with each new edition in an effort to continually improve electrical safety.
Carbon monoxide (CO) gas is an ever-present fact of life these days. It’s found anywhere combustion occurs. It presents no threat in small amounts. But in large amounts, it can be very dangerous—even deadly. Because of the danger, it’s important to know some basics about CO.
Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) causes 13 percent of workplace fatalities, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA receives about 400 reports of workplace deaths from cardiac arrest annually.
Outcome Goal 2.1 of the Department of Labor’s Strategic Plan for 2010–2016 is to “Secure safe and healthy workplaces, particularly in high-risk industries.” To accomplish this, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has developed strategies to target industries where employees are
The World Health Organization states that 2.4 million people die annually from various types of lung conditions that can be attributed, at least in part, to air quality. That is more than 500,000 deaths in the United States each year.
Few will deny that the weather in recent years seemingly has gotten wilder; hurricanes, tornadoes and blizzards make big news. These weather systems, often churned up by cyclical atmospheric events, such as El Niño and La Niña, have sometimes ventured into abnormal territory.
Hurricane season is over, and the inundation of floodwaters in many parts of the country has likely receded by now. However, evaluating electrical equipment that has been subjected to water and determining whether to recondition the equipment or replace it remains a serious issue.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) formed an alliance focused on preventing worker exposures to electrical, crane and fall hazards in the wind-energy industry.
It seems like more companies are performing arc flash hazard calculation studies (AFHCS) than ever before. One of the biggest attractions is that the study results provide just about everything you need to comply with many NFPA 70E requirements.
In a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) report on workplace fatality statistics from the 1990s, falls were the fourth-leading cause of death in the workplace. Unfortunately, more recent statistics show that falls are now the No.
The holiday season is supposed to be a time of good cheer. American culture has evolved to embrace the closing of each year as a celebration of the values we each hold dear. It's evident in the environments we create.
It has been more than 100 years since Thomas Edison commissioned the first electrical generating station in New York City. One might expect that we would know everything there is to know about electrical safety by now, yet our knowledge continues to grow.
You may be thinking, “Really? Another column about fire safety and prevention?” But statistics show this information bears repeating. On average, there are more than 200 workplace fires every day in the United States.