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Blog Author Steve Hudgik

Monday, March 18, 2013

Improving Electrical Safety - Integrating Maintenance Requirements Into The System Design

Integrating maintenance requirements into the design of an electrical system is an important first step to provide workplace safety.

"Safety-related maintenance requirements for electrical equipment are outlined in Chapter two of NFPA 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, but they are often overlooked to the detriment of both worker safety and a company's reputation. Using the concepts and strategies in Chapter two can enhance the company’s worker safety, productivity, and positive image."

An in-depth article in Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine looks at ways that electrical equipment design can improve workplace safety.

Read the article here.

The article concludes by stating: "Engineers can design the hazard out of work tasks by specifying electrical products that have enhanced safety features, by specifying products that address both design requirements and operation of the facility, and by incorporating improved installation techniques is a strategy that will not only increase worker safety, but also increase productivity and profits."

Arc Flash Boundaries

Ensure Electrical Safety by Following New Arc Flash Guidelines

An article by Jack Rubinger provides introductory information on NFPA 70E b2012 and discusses the eight arc flash boundary zones.  The article quotes Gary P. Larkins of APS/PowerSafetyPRO as stating:

"Effective electrical safety programs begin with achievable goals. Many organizations pursue safety training, arc flash hazard analysis, PPE selection, labeling and electrical safety program development as independent projects, when for an effective safety program, they are really interdependent. Strategic planning can reduce program investment, implementation time and provide enhanced worker safety,"

The same page also has links to a free guide to arc flash labeling.

Read more at: Arc Flash Boundaries

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