Recently, I read an article in American School and University magazine by Tom Tapper that discusses competence and communication. Although his article focuses on education, it caused me to consider what the words “competence” and “communication” mean in our fire alarm systems profession.
After years of success in improving lineworker safety, the electrical industry’s work isn’t finished yet. In the past decade, the job of lineworkers—still considered the industry’s riskiest work—has become dramatically safer.
Without warning, smoke rolled out from under the tires as they squealed against the pavement with the brakes locked up. The big truck seemed to come from nowhere. It felt like an eternity; although it was really only a matter of seconds, then … CRASH!
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Personal Protective Equipment Standard (Subpart I) includes all clothing and other workplace accessories designed to be a barrier against the potential hazards that personnel can encounter at the workplace.
Oscar Wilde, the Irish poet and novelist, wrote, “Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.” Although I like this statement, I get a little nervous when a fire alarm system contractor smiles and says, “Boy, do I have a lot of experience!” Let’s face it.
As the total integration of low-voltage systems grows more feasible and technology evolves, contractors must take a two-pronged approach to training and certification to install and integrate disparate systems such as fire alarms, security and wireless data networks.