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Blog Author Steve Hudgik

Monday, July 02, 2007

IBEW Local 164 Starts Arc Flash Training

"...the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 164 in Paramus, N.J., has embraced the new National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) 70E standard adopted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as part of its safety training curriculum."

This is part of the opening paragraph of an article in last Friday's edition of the Paramus Post. Local 164’s electrical assistant training director, David Milazzo, recently attended a one-day arc flash seminar. The article reports:

"To gain first-hand knowledge regarding arc flashes, Milazzo and Richard Paredes, an IBEW Local 164 Training Academy instructor, attended a workshop sponsored by Westex, Inc., one of the local’s training partners. Held at KEMA Powertest in Chalfont, Pa., the nation’s largest high-power electrical laboratory, the program featured live arc flash explosions as well as the most effective techniques to minimize their effects. Additionally, the proper selection and application of fire retardant materials and attire required by NFPA 70E were addressed."

Arc flash training will now be a regular part of IBEW Local 164's training program. I don't know to what extent other locals have embraced arc flash training, but let's hope that arc flash training will soon be a standard component of training in all electrical apprenticeship programs.


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