Electricity is necessary in today’s workplace. Electricity powers and produces today’s products and inventory. Because of this fact, electricity is everywhere, and to some has become a commonplace item and proper electrical safety is extremely important.
ELECTRICAL SAFETY TRAINING.
Arc flash also claims its share of lives and injuries. The National Safety Council estimates 2,000 workers are sent to burn centers each year. These statistics validate the need for training your worker in the safe work practices and selection of the proper PPE necessary for their safety.
ARC FLASH TRAINING REQUIREMENTS
“Such employees shall be trained to understand the specific hazards associated with electrical energy. They shall be trained in safety-related work practices and procedural requirements, as necessary to provide protection from the electrical hazard associated with their respective job or task assignment.”
Electrical shock and electrocution can occur when a worker’s body comes in contact with an energized electrical conductor or circuit part.
ARC FLASH LABELS
Electrical equipment such as switchboards, panelboards, industrial control panels, meter socket enclosures, and motor control centers that are in other than dwelling units and are likely to require examination, adjustment, servicing or maintenance while energized, shall be field marked with a label containing all the details of the electrical equipment.
As part of the NFPA 70E Informative Annex K provides general categories of electrical hazards. There are three general categories of electrical hazards that are documented. The three hazards are: electrical shock, arc flash, and arc blast.
The NFPA 70E defines three boundaries for electrical workers to observe. Two boundaries deal specifically with shock hazards and are intended to prevent shock and electrocution. The third boundary is the arc flash boundary. The arc flash boundary has a primary purpose of preventing burn injury due to arc flash incidents.