Understanding “Arc Flash”

May 29th, 2014

A comprehensive guide in understanding Arc Flash released by the Workplace Safety Awareness Council under grant number SH-16615-07-60-F-12 from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. It details many things about Arc Flash including what causes arc flash, factors that determine the severity of an arc flash injury, results from an arc flash, ways to protect the workers from an arc flash, understanding arc flash warning labels, employee obligations, etc.

“Because of the violent nature of an arc flash exposure when an employee is injured, the injury is serious – even resulting in death. It’s not uncommon for an injured employee to never regain their past quality of life. Extended medical care is often required, sometimes costing in excess of $1,000,000.” Learn more at https://www.osha.gov/dte/grant_materials/fy07/sh-16615-07/arc_flash_handout.pdf

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OSHA to push for electronic injury reports

April 5th, 2014

“OSHA officials want to require electronic submission of illness and injury reports to the agency to improve tracking of the data. The proposal, announced Nov. 7, was spurred by the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ annual Occupational Injuries and Illnesses report, which estimates that three million workers were injured on the job in 2012.”

Read more at:

Terry Smeader
Safety Protection Warehouse
Ph 888-440-4668

Failure to abate a previously cited error from OSHA

February 20th, 2014

Failure to abate means that the company failed to correct a previously cited error from OSHA including hazard, condition or practice that pose danger to its employees. Failure to abate notices bring $111,000 in penalties.

Don’t slip up on OSHA abatement

“Don’t let this happen to you. Whether they admit or not, in some way, OSHA often seeks rough Justice. rarely is an Area Office out to simply “get blood.” They are trying to match the penalty to the behavior, and you do not want to develop a reputation as the kind of employer who fails to abate. That moniker may be more damaging to your reputation than a “willful” citation.

So with this admonition in mind, I share today’s OSHA press release:”

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NFPA 2112 Standards to Reduce Flash Fire Injuries

January 31st, 2014

“What is NFPA 2112? The National Fire Protection Association 2112 Standard provides minimum requirements for the design, construction, evaluation, and certification of flame-resistant garments for use by industrial personnel. It does not attempt to provide any guidance on matching the PPE to the quantified hazard – that is what NFPA 2113 is designed for.”

Read more at: http://www.dupont.com/products-and-services/personal-protective-equipment/thermal-protective/articles/nfpa-2112.html


December 30th, 2013

The Mine Safety and Health Administration – MSHA issued an alert on prevention of fires and explosions in mines during the coming winter months.

Winter Alert 2013:


“Most coal mine gas and dust explosions occur during the fall and winter. During the winter months, cold air entering mines causes mine surfaces to dry out. Cold air is warmed as it travels through the underground mine and picks up moisture from the roof, rib and floor. The result is drier surfaces and drier coal dust. Coal dust and float coal dust can contribute to dust explosion hazards. If suspended in the mine atmosphere, fine, dry coal dust will explode if ignited, even without the presence of methane. Explosions are more likely to happen when the barometer falls because methane gas in unventilated or poorly ventilated areas expands, potentially traveling closer toward ignition sources.” Read more at: http://www.msha.gov/winteralert2013/winteralert2013.asp

Let history repeat itself in this case…

November 28th, 2013

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Don’t Get Burned by Myths About Arc-Flash Protection

November 24th, 2013

Four common myths or misconceptions about NFPA 70E (Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace created by the National Fire Protection Association) are discussed in this article. It applies to your employees as well, so be aware…

“On the whole, the industrial work environment has come a long way in understanding electrical hazards and protecting employees,” said Joe Liberti, protective apparel regional director for Cintas Corp. “However, certain myths still exist about arc-flash protection, and it’s critical that these are addressed in order to maximize employee safety and minimize liability in the workplace.”

Read more at: http://ehstoday.com/ppe/dont-get-burned-myths-about-arc-flash-protection

December 1 deadline for training under OSHA’s revised Hazard Communication Standard

November 10th, 2013

The new Hazard Communication Standard provides that employers shall train employees regarding the new label elements and safety data sheets format by December 1, 2013.
This may be of concern to those requiring to know the new labeling elements and a new format for Safety Data Sheets.

Some of the sub-headlines to refer to are as follows.

Wearing PPE and the Arc Flash Protection Boundary

November 7th, 2013

Should you wear PPE outside the Arc Flash Protection Boundary? How do you determine the AFPB?

Learn more at the forum discussion:

”As I read 130.7(10) in the 09 70e it states — This clothing and equipment shall be used when working within the Arc Flash Protection Boundary. Per 130.3(A)(1) — Voltage levels between 50 & 600v –the AFPB is 4′ if you meet the clearing time and fault current criteria.”- See more at: http://arcflashforum.brainfiller.com/threads/1311/#sthash.XcEgmBUN.dpuf”


Using Poly/cotton Garments For Electrical Work

October 28th, 2013

How safe is blended clothing as PPE when doing electrical jobs? Read opinions from members before you buy…

“Are there any known occurrences where poly or blends have melted and/or caused injury when worn under level 0 ppe with a panel labeled at <1.2 cal?” Read more at http://arcflashforum.brainfiller.com/threads/3005/#post-14032

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