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10 Most Common PPE Mistakes in Electrical Arc Flash
 

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The Top 10 Mistakes Made in Electrical Workplace Safety is a presentation from Magid Glove & Safety breaks down the 10 most common mistakes made in electrical workplace safety and provides safety tips ...

The Top 10 Mistakes Made in Electrical Workplace Safety is a presentation from Magid Glove & Safety breaks down the 10 most common mistakes made in electrical workplace safety and provides safety tips and product recommendations that will help keep your workers safe and protected.

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    10 Most Common PPE Mistakes in Electrical Arc Flash 10 Most Common PPE Mistakes in Electrical Arc Flash Presentation Transcript

    • Top 10 Mistakes Electrical Workplace Safety 1. The 100 cal/cm² Delusion: The “err-on- the-side-of-safety- mistake”
    • Electrical Workplace SafetyHow Bad is Bad? Electrical Hazards – Arc Flash Watch the disconnect door. How much protection would work in this arc? Is over protection a good idea? What works best here, PPE or work practices or a combination?
    • Electrical Workplace Safety Avoiding Mistakes • Overkill on PPE “sounds” smart but it has two negatives – Sends the wrong message – If the workers don’t believe you they may cut corners when no one is watching. – Watch out for salesmen’s little lies… – Better safe than sorry?? – Better safe and right Match PPE to the hazard
    • Top 10 Mistakes Electrical Workplace Safety 2. “We got ‘dem kits” programs OR “We have coveralls” programs
    • Electrical Workplace Safety Avoiding Mistakes • Making the program cheaper or easier for management or the safety department or for enforcement may not be the most cost effective or the best program. • A natural program that becomes a worker’s habit is the most reliable. • Tends to over protect or not protect at all. • Match the kit to the level – Don’t buy 100 cal kits for everyone. • Arc rated daily wear is better than a “coverall program.” – Darlene’s story Make the program easy for the worker Level 2 Kit
    • Top 10 Mistakes Electrical Workplace Safety 3. The “get-a-Size-12- Class-2-rubber-glove-for- all-arc –exposures” Program
    • Electrical Workplace Safety She needs smaller gloves He needs special coveralls/suits
    • Top 10 Mistakes Electrical Workplace Safety 4. The “Flame Resistant(FR)-labeled- clothing-is-all-I-need-in- the-electric-arc” delusion.
    • Electrical Workplace SafetyArc Rated or “FR”? Arc-Rated PPE – Clothing Vertical Flame Test (ASTM D6413) not good enough alone.
    • Electrical Workplace Safety Arc-Rated PPE – Clothing Beware of: • “FR until washed or dry cleaned” • Melting “FR” • “FR-treated” acrylics, polyester, nylon Got Arc-Rating? Because of the misuse of the term FR, NFPA 70E removed the term favoring arc-rated.
    • Electrical Workplace Safety“FR” Melted Onto the Head Arc-Rated PPE – Clothing
    • Electrical Workplace SafetyRainwear Arc-Rated PPE – Clothing Not all FR rainwear is arc rated. Any FR rainwear with a melting substrate will usually increase worker injury.
    • Top 10 Mistakes Electrical Workplace Safety 5. “We bought this PowerPoint” Programs
    • Electrical Workplace Safety • Generic training doesn’t always get to the finer points. • Site specific written programs are critical • Unique hazards must be considered – FR cotton and 20% body burns from sodium hypochlorite. – Aramids and welding spatter. – Melting polyester in cleanrooms. • Train + Audit + Knowledgeable Management = A Great Program
    • Top 10 Mistakes Electrical Workplace Safety 6. The “buy-everyone-an- arc-flash-suit-and-do- calculations-later” delusion
    • Electrical Workplace Safety • Assessment will not change the level of protection but it will change how often you need to wear it. • Don’t put off PPE purchases waiting on assessment • Daily wear for all electrical workers • Suits for high level exposures • Operators work in natural fiber or are rated gear depending on level of exposure. Don’t put off PPE purchase but
    • Top 10 Mistakes Electrical Workplace Safety 7. Focusing on Arc Flash rather than Shock
    • Electrical Workplace Safety • Shock is the number one killer of the electrical hazards. • More bang for the buck with right PPE than engineering. Most important engineering is done by proper installations, maintenance then equipment upgrades. Engineering out the arc flash hazard is not always an option.
    • Top 10 Mistakes Electrical Workplace Safety 8. Ignore specialty Gear
    • Electrical Workplace Safety Avoiding Mistakes • ASTM F1506 – Hairnets/beardnets – Cleanroom gear – Gloves (Proposed separate Standard) – Disposable FR Wear • ASTM F1891 – Rainwear – Chemical gear + Chemical Standard • ASTM D2413 + D1116 – Shoes (EH or DI or leather, etc.) • Other Specialty PPE must be evaluated by the AHJ Don’t forget specialty gear
    • Top 10 Mistakes Electrical Workplace Safety 9. Safety Department Can Do it On Our Own, Safety Myopia: “The Daisy Chain Delusion”
    • Electrical Workplace Safety Avoiding Mistakes • The five people you need to do proper hazard assessment for electrical – Trouble making electrician – Nicest electrician – Smartest electrician – Electrical Engineer – Safety Person The Electrical Safety Team
    • Electrical Workplace Safety Safety-Related Work Practices Sometimes we only look for what we know… Daisy chaining power cords is prohibited by OSHA, Sir.
    • Electrical Workplace Safety Three Types of Audits Required Observations required to do the following: • Identifies: • Demonstrate task proficiency • Retraining needs • Supervisory level • Part of evaluating Qualified Persons Supervisory Safe Work Practice Inspection NFPA 70E 110.2(D)(1)(f) Minimum annual supervisory work practice inspection to monitor safe work practices
    • Electrical Workplace Safety Three Types of Audits Required Better practice: Separate from Supervisory Audit. Observations required to do the following: • Prove procedures work • Identify: • Procedures that don’t work • Changes that should be made • Retraining needs Annual Field Work Audit Site audit looks at the site’s practices and could include NEC auditing and NFPA/OSHA auditing 110.4 (H)(2) Best practice: Separate from Supervisory Audit. • Year One: Internal by local safety/electrical dept. • Year Two: Cross- pollinate using another professional from another plant or industry • Year Three: Outside Audit by competent auditor
    • Electrical Workplace Safety Avoiding Mistakes • Documented electrical safety program audit (not more than every 3 yrs.) NFPA 70 E 110.3 (H)(1) • Must reviewed Arc Hazard Assessment minimum of every five years. – Updates required if major modifications or renovations. – Required for calculations or if Tables used. – Should include audit of labeling. Electrical Safety Program Audit & Hazard Assessment Audit
    • Electrical Workplace Safety Safety-Related Work Practices Habit 1 Always verify absence of voltage & use VR gloves & tools. Habit 2 Establish worker safety boundaries from shock & arc flash. Habit 3 Always wear arc-rated daily wear and a face shield. Habit 4 Always use GFCI with cord connected tools & extension cords. Habit 5 When feasible create an electrically safe work condition. Habit 6 Plan your jobs, use standards to identify greater hazards, & adopt controls & PPE to mitigate hazards. Habit 7 Measure, audit & continuously improve electrical safety processes. 7 Electrical Safety Habits™
    • Top 10 Mistakes Electrical Workplace Safety 10. Fill in the Blank...
    • Electrical Workplace Safety For more information on electrical arc PPE, for help on selecting the proper arc PPE or for a custom quote, Contact your local Magid Glove & Safety Sales Representative 1-800-444-8030 www.magidglove.com
    • Electrical Workplace Safety *Newsletter is free; charge for DVD. www.e-hazard.com Email: questions@e-hazard.com Phone: (502) 716-7073 For a FREE* copy of Hugh’s newsletter or information about his DVD’s: Text: “DVD” or “Newsletter” with your e-mail address to: 925-Arc-Wear (925-272-9327) Questions? Want More Information?