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NFPA 70E 2015:What's changed and what you need to know

Every three years, NFPA 70E is updated to incorporate the latest in electrical safety research, risk assessments, work practices, design considerations, and personal protective equipment (PPE) in an effort to minimize of the risk of deaths and injuries caused by shock, arc flash, and arc blast. This voluntary how-to guide …

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10 Ways to Hurt Yourself on Electrical Systems

By Jim White, Training Director, Shermco Industries
As explained in this article provided by Fluke Corp., we go through life making small mistake after small mistake and nothing happens — until we happen to get the wrong alignment of small mistakes, and we now have an accident. Once the accident starts, we have no control over it, …

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The “Other” 70E Arc Flash Analysis Table

By Robert LeRoy, CESCP
Users of the NFPA 70 (National Electrical Code) know the organizational system all too well. According to this blog post on www.plantservices.com, if the information is in the first 8 chapters, it generally is applicable. Chapter 9 is a transitional chapter where only what’s referenced in one of the previous …

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How Well Do You Understand NFPA 70E?

Follow these steps to reduce electrical accidents and better protect workers.

By Reza Tajali, Manager of Engineering, Schneider Electric Engineering Services
Electrical hazards cause more than 300 deaths and 4,000 injuries in the workplace each year. In fact, electrical accidents rank sixth among all causes of work-related deaths in the United States, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International. The injuries and fatalities that result from arc flash incidents, shock and electrocution are devastating to the …

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Arc Energy Reduction

By Ed Larsen, Industry Standards Manager, Schneider Electric USA
Now that the 2014 edition of the National Electrical Code® (NEC®) has been published, IAEI Magazine from the International Association of Electrical Inspectors examines what’s new in the requirement for arc energy reduction in Section 240.87. This section was added to Article 240 in the 2011 edition of the NEC. It required the use …

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Electrical Workplace Safety Training is the Best Insurance Money Can Buy

Safety training is one of the most important requirements for electrical workplace safety.

By Joseph Weigel, Electrical Safety Works; Johan Roels, Loss Control Centre Belgium; and Charlie Palmgren, Innovative Interchange
The human damage and financial costs that result from arc-flash accidents can be significant. According to this article from Plant Services magazine, it’s estimated that a serious accident that the victim survives will on average cost more than $10 million, which is a combination of direct and indirect costs. Some …

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Underestimating Arc Flash Hazards

Blast protection is not just a fashion statement.

By Finley Ledbetter, CBS ArcSafe
This article from Intelligent Power Today (IPT) magazine points out that while most discussions about arc flash involve the calculation methods and associated PPE, electricians have numerous ways to protect themselves and their gear, including arc-resistant equipment and remote actuation and racking systems that eliminate, rather than reduce, electrical arc-related …

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