• Raising the Stakes on Elevator Awareness Life Safety Systems

    Apr 15, 2021 | Thomas P. Hammerberg
    While elevator operations have changed in recent years, how much did interfacing with fire alarm systems change? Test your knowledge and find out.
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  • Passive OLANs Cabling

    Jul 17, 2017
    A new type of local area network—passive optical local area networks (OLANs)—is becoming widely accepted because it costs less than half as much as traditional LANs. How much do you know about passive OLANs?
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  • Speak Properly National Electrical Code

    Apr 15, 2021 | Michael Johnston
    Proper use of the NEC is essential and separates the best from the rest, whether in estimating, project management or carrying out the responsibilities of a field foreman. It is important not to use slang words or terms with different meanings than those defined in the Code. Always use a “common language of communication” supported by defined terms.
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  • Fix Backhoe Fade Cabling

    Mar 15, 2021 | Jim Hayes
    Every day some fiber optic network goes down. Sometimes it’s equipment failure and sometimes it’s construction damage, which we call “backhoe fade.” How well do you know how to find and fix network outages?
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  • PPE Wear and Care Safety

    Mar 15, 2021 | Wesley L. Wheeler
    According to the hierarchy of controls, PPE is considered the last resort. For it to function properly, it needs to be taken care of, cleaned and replaced when showing signs of overuse.
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  • A Healthy Roundup Safety

    Feb 15, 2021 | Wesley L. Wheeler
    Everyone should monitor their personal health and family safety. Regular exercise and health checks with medical professionals are key to healthy living. Being aware of the conditions and environment you live and work in allows you to take proper precautions. Taking time to relax provides the body a chance to heal and recharge itself to handle daily activities.
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  • Fire Alarm Roundup Life Safety Systems

    Feb 15, 2021 | Thomas P. Hammerberg
    I thought we would start the year with some miscellaneous fire alarm questions that you may or may not be aware of, but will be useful to know in the future. Good luck!
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  • What Is Intrinsically Safe? National Electrical Code

    Feb 15, 2021 | Michael Johnston
    Intrinsically safe circuits, per Article 100 of the NEC, are those incapable of producing an arc with enough energy to ignite a flammable or combustible material in the air under test conditions. Although Section 504.7 indicates that any wiring method could be installed, a variety of requirements apply to these circuits and systems.
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  • Follow the Signs Safety

    Jan 15, 2021 | Wesley L. Wheeler
    With the COVID-19 pandemic, recognizing key factors that affect employees’ mental health and stress levels is vital for all supervisory and safety personnel. This month’s safety quiz is dedicated to identifying some of the factors related to health and wellbeing.
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  • Bent Out of Shapes Cabling

    Jan 15, 2021
    Bend anything too much and it kinks or breaks, and that includes fiber optic cable. Do you know how to handle fiber optic cable so it won’t be damaged by improper installation?
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  • Performance Testing Emergency Systems National Electrical Code

    Dec 15, 2020 | Michael Johnston
    The NEC generally provides prescriptive requirements for electrical installations and systems. A few performance requirements exist, such as performance testing rules of ground-fault protection of equipment and witness testing of emergency and legally required standby systems. The AHJ is required to conduct or witness the testing when installation is complete. How much do you know about testing?
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  • Know Your Tools Cabling

    Nov 11, 2020
    It’s expected that installing optical fiber cables would require different tools than copper communications cables or electrical cables. How familiar are you with some of the specialized tools used in fiber optics?
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  • Close Enough? Cabling

    Aug 16, 2017
    When designing, building, testing or operating a fiber optic network, is “close enough” good enough?
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  • What's Current Safety

    Nov 13, 2020
    The 2021 edition of NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace was recently released and is available at www.nfpa.org/70e. Each approved revision and update to NFPA 70E standards supersedes all previous editions. Are you up to date?
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  • A Matter of Class Designations Life Safety Systems

    Oct 15, 2020 | Thomas P. Hammerberg
    How well do you understand the latest NFPA 72 requirements for fire alarm pathway class designations? Take this quiz to test your knowledge.
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  • In the Eye of the Beholder National Electrical Code

    Oct 15, 2020 | Michael Johnston
    Section 110.12 requires equipment to be installed in a neat and workmanlike manner, but it never tells users how to accomplish that. Good workmanship is often in the eyes of the beholder and is directly related to the training and experience of the installer.
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  • Special Deliverables Cabling

    Sep 10, 2020
    Many aspects of a fiber optic project concern a manager, but the ultimate issue is the “deliverables”—the final information that must be provided to prove the project is complete and installation was done properly. How familiar are you with the deliverables of a fiber optic installation project?
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  • Training Days Safety

    Sep 10, 2020 | Wesley L. Wheeler
    The coronavirus pandemic has forced training to move completely online and instructors are using technology to deliver necessary programs to keep employees safe. OSHA publication 2254 covers training requirements applicable to the construction industry.
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  • Safety in the New Normal Safety

    Aug 11, 2020 | Wesley L. Wheeler
    Many recommendations and preventive measures are being implemented to keep the workforce safe and protect employees and the public from the coronavirus. A lot of these carry over into our personal lives.
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  • Do You Know Your Way Around? Life Safety Systems

    Aug 14, 2020 | Thomas P. Hammerberg
    This quiz gives you a chance to see how well you understand the layout and usage of NFPA 72, 2019 edition. Good luck!
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