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The Importance of Being Proactive

Proactive, not reactiveIt’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.
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Q&A on Building Operator Certification

What exactly is Building Operator Certification?

BOC LogoBuilding Operator Certification® is a nationally recognized training and certification program designed to develop building efficiency experts. Classroom training focuses on energy efficient building operations and preventative maintenance procedures.

Why should I get a BOC?

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The Power of an Arc Blast

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:
NFPA book

  • 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.


“If I had just put on my PPE.”

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.”

Two Men. Two Explosions. Same Day.

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.