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ELECTRICAL-SAFETY STANDARDS OSHA and NFPA are expanding their electrical-safety standards and redefining the qualifications for working on or near energized electrical equipment. Providing appropriate training for electrical workers and regularly auditing their technical proficiency and competency in the area of safe-work practices are among the requirements of these strengthened standards. Train, Audit Electrical Workers- It's Mandatory On-site audits and ongoing training determine whether your electrical workers meet industry qualifications and you're complying with today's strengthened electrical-safety standards. ELECTRICAL WORKERS WHO LACK the proper training and skills to do their jobs are a risky business proposition for operations. Research by the Ponemon Institute, Traverse City, MI, has found that in critical facilities such as data centers, human error is a leading root cause of unexpected downtime that disrupts productivity, affects customer service, and takes a toll on the bottom line. According Wally Vahlstrom of Emerson Network Power's Electrical Reliability Services group, Columbus, OH, costly equipment failures and unplanned shutdowns are just the tip of the iceberg. Inadequate worker knowledge also increases JULY 2015 Jane Alexander Managing Editor the risk of electrical accidents. He cites U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports of 2,000 fatal and more than 24,000 non-fatal electrical injuries occurring over the past 10 years. Arc-flash incidents alone are said to claim one life every workday. "Many of these accidents," Vahlsrom said, "can be mapped back to insufficient training, which results in failure to follow appropriate procedures or take the necessary safety precautions on the job." To help safeguard against potentially deadly consequences, organizations such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Washington, and National Fire MAINTENANCETECHNOLOGY.COM | 21 http://www.MAINTENANCETECHNOLOGY.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Maintenance Technology July 2015

Forward Observations
Uptime
For On The Floor
News
Drive Strategy With Performance Metrics
Train, Audit Electrical Workers
Carbon-Neutral Drives Molding Company
Troubleshoot Hot Hydraulics
Lubrication Strategies
Don't Procrastinate, Innovate
Products
Marketplace
Ad Index

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