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ELECTRICAL SAFETY

Are Your
Electricians
Safety-Trained?
WHEN ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS are in question, anyone would
be hard pressed to support any compromise in safety should maintenance work be required. To develop a picture of electrical safety in
the manufacturing arena, we surveyed the readers of Maintenance
Technology to determine their knowledge of electrical-system events/
activities in their facilities. More than 230 professionals took time to
respond. The survey results are presented below.
While the responses were overwhelmingly positive in terms
of system knowledge and safety, there were enough of the "other"
responses to suggest some element of training, either initial or
ongoing, is in order. According to the electrical-training experts at
AVO Institute, Dallas (avotraining.com), compliance with OSHA
and NFPA 70E regulations is not optional. In addition, NFPA 70E
stipulates that retraining, not refresher courses, must occur every
three years.
Ask your team members to take the same survey. Your results
will tell you whether training needs are immediate or if you've been
doing your job well and additional training can be scheduled down
the road. MT
-Gary L. Parr, editorial director

Has your company had an
Incident Energy/Arc Flash
Hazard Analysis performed?

YES

62%

No 27%
Not sure 11%

Was the analysis in compliance
with NFPA 70E?

YES

79%

36 |

No 7%
Not sure 14%

MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY

OSHA and NFPA provide the guidelines, but our survey suggests there
is still some room for electrical-safety training improvement.

Do you know if the analysis
was performed by a licensed
professional engineer?

No
YES

77%

8%

Not sure 15%

Do you understand how to interpret
the data on the Arc Flash labels?

YES

84%

Do you know what type of personalprotective equipment (PPE) is required
for the work you will be performing?

No 16%

YES

93%

No 7%

Do you know where the Arc Flash
Boundary is and do you understand
what it means?

YES

81%

No 19%

OCTOBER 2016


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