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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

New Arc Flash Electrical Safety Publications For MCAA Members

The Mechanical Contractors Association of America has developed and produced two resources to assist mechanical service contractors in keeping their workers safe. A recent press release from MCAA states:

MCAA/MSCA Release New Publications on Electrical Safety for Service

ROCKVILLE, MD— The results of an electrical arc flash or uncontrolled electrical current can be devastating. That’s why the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has a code for electrical safety in the workplace, and why the Mechanical Contractors Association of America’s (MCAA) Safety and Health Committee developed and produced two resources to assist mechanical service contractors in keeping their workers safe.

Designed especially for mechanical service contractors and based on information from NFPA 70E – 2004, Article 130 – Working On or Near Live Parts, the Model NFPA 70E Electrical Safety Program for Service will help contractors develop an electrical safety program that is specific to their company’s needs if their technicians perform work on or near live parts of HVAC units that are pushing 480 volts or less. Developed in partnership with MCAA’s Mechanical Service Contractors of America (MSCA) subsidiary, the program is available to MCAA and MSCA members for $18 per copy and to nonmembers for $36 per copy.

While this program does not offer extensive information about electrical safety, contractors can find additional information in another MCAA publication: the Electrical Safety Guidelines for Mechanical Service (Based on NFPA 70E – 2004) Safety Training Kit. Designed especially for mechanical service workers who troubleshoot energized HVAC units pushing 480 volts or less, the kit will help contractors educate their workers about arc flash and electrical shock hazards.

It describes:

• Electrical arc flash and shock hazards associated with work on energized units pushing 480 volts or less,

• Safe work practices/protective measures, including arc flash and electrical shock
approach boundaries, and

• Personal protective equipment.

The kit includes a 14-minute safety training DVD, a set of 20 pocket guides that enhance the training by highlighting its key points, and a training documentation system.

Much of the critical information in the kit comes from a section of an addendum to the NFPA National Electrical Codes. The addendum, which is referred to as NFPA 70E, spells out the best present-day safety practices for workers exposed to energized electrical sources.

The kit is available to MCAA and MSCA members for $85 and to nonmembers for $170. The
items in the kit are also available separately in case contractors need more of just one or two.

Additional copies of the documentation system are $6 for MCAA and MSCA members and $12 for nonmembers; additional sets of pocket guides are $14 for MCAA and MSCA members and $28 for nonmembers; and additional DVDs are $65 for MCAA and MSCA members and $130 for nonmembers.

To order either of these publications, visit MCAA’s online store at ww.mcaa.org/store or call Linda Burke at 301-990-2200.

The Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) serves the unique needs of
approximately 2,300 firms involved in heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, plumbing, piping, and mechanical service. We do this by providing our members with high-quality educational materials and programs to help them attain the highest level of managerial and technical expertise. MCAA includes the Mechanical Service Contractors of America, the National Certified Pipe Welding Bureau, the Plumbing Contractors of America, and the Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

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