I have been in the Industrial and Commercial Construction and Maintenance for 27 years now. The evolution of protection for the Safety of Electricians has improved tremendously. However, with the decline of industrialization in the United States, the skill level of the Electrical Trade has declined. There are just not as many Highly Qualified Electricians to fill maintenance positions. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration has made many improvements in the level of safety for American Workers. Coupled with a huge recession and fighting in Congress, OSHA has limited resources to enforce the laws. Don't decide not to implement an Electrical Safety Program in your company! Gambling with the chance that no one will get hurt is similar to bluffing at the poker table. Completing a Compliance Based Arc Flash Assessment can be a costly venture. Opposed to Lawsuits, Deaths, and Fines, this process could appear very inexpensive.
You should be informed about required Personal Protective Equipment. Improper application of this component of your Safety Program could result in electrocution. If the Plan is not applied by the technician and witnessed by OSHA representatives you could be fined. I have worked in facilities that cut corners on tool purchases. In some settings, the company purchases all tools used by the technicians. This is policy to control theft and meet criteria. They also have outdated tools. This makes it dangerous for the person performing repairs or maintenance.
Many people believe generic arc flash labels will cover their assets. If the labels on your panels do not meet OSHA's criteria, you will be cited. Some groups sell these Labels, without an assessment. This is not compliance. Don't forget about these requirements. Just this week OSHA cited 2 businesses in New York. This requirement is not going away. The future of your company lies in the balance. Arc Flash Assessments allow you to have peace of mind. Your company is creating a safe work environment. You have no fear. I have more information on this critical subject! 3 Reasons to Implement an Electrical Safety Program today:
- Arc Flash Assessments are required by U.S. Federal Law
- Proper Personal Protective Equipment saves lives and reduces Insurance Premiums
- Eventually OSHA will visit your business too!
Shocks from electrical sources account for almost 1,000 deaths a year in the U.S. It actually accounts for 1% of the accidental deaths here. Preventive maintenance is the only way to ensure a smooth running shop.
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