“Be Prepared.” It’s more than a motto. It’s key to Risk Management, and now necessary for compliance with 2015 NFPA 70E. More importantly, it’s what we need to do to prevent electrical system failures and accidents.
Prevention starts with a systems approach to electrical system maintenance…maintenance that is on-going (with continuous improvement) and not an Every Ten Year project.
Stage One in electrical prevention maintenance is an infrared analysis of the electrical system. During this non-destructive, low cost process, technicians use specialized infrared (IR) cameras to detect thermal hot spots and predict possible electrical equipment in failure mode.
Continue reading Be Prepared. Perform Electrical Preventive Maintenance.
“I didn’t know it would break,” at least that was the eight-year-old’s explanation when she dropped and shattered her dad’s new smartphone.
Yes, accidents do happen, but could Dad have lessened the risks if he hadn’t left his phone within reach of his inquisitive daughter, or had a better case protecting it, or simply told his daughter that the phone was off limits until she was a little older?
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It’s a fact: The world of Facility Management is under-budgeted, under-trained, and overworked. Demanding workloads and a long list of extenuating factors get in the way of a facility manager’s focusing on the full life-cycle cost of running a building. Instead of taking proactive actions, the manager too often reacts to challenges and changes. He is not able to concentrate on what is truly critical – Preventive Action.
Continue reading The Importance of Being Proactive
Four times the power of the sun. That’s how hot an arc blast can be. Imagine what that kind of heat and flames can do to anyone near an electrical arc flash.
The statistics for an arc explosion are eye-opening:
- 30,000 arc flash incidents per year
- An estimated 400 people die each year an arc explosion.
- Arc flashes injure 5 to 10 people each work day.
- 80% of all electrical injuries are burns caused by clothes igniting from arc flashes.
- An estimated 2,000+ go to burn centers yearly for electrical burn injuries.
- An arc flash can kill at10 ft. away.
- Electrical blasts produce temperatures as high as 35,000
- An estimated 500 people die annually from low voltage (120 volts) shocks.
Besides the devastating human toll that an arc flash can bring, the cost and liability to businesses are huge. The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) addresses the dangers of arc explosions in their 70E guidelines.
Adhering to NFPA 70E guidelines, the standard for electrical safety, can save lives and prevent injuries from arc explosions.
Donnie Johnson is an experienced electrician. He knew he should have put on his PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) before working on the electrical panel that day. But, he admits, he just didn’t want to take the extra minutes needed to gear up. Continue reading “If I had just put on my PPE.”
The story is horrific. Two men burned at the same facility, on the same day, but in two separate arc flash explosions. Continue reading Two Men. Two Explosions. Same Day.