Tag Archives: workplace safety

Burn Injuries by the Numbers

Burn Injuries by the Numbers

Burn injuries resulting from arc flash, flash fire or combustible dust hazards can be life threatening or worse, life-ending. Both the temperature and duration of the exposure directly impact injury severity. In honor of National Electrical Safety Month, this blog post takes a look at the impact of a burn to help raise awareness of safety […]

Enforcing & Complying with NFPA 70E

Enforcing & Complying with NFPA 70E

NFPA 70E Policies

The best way to enforce NFPA 70E is through company policy for your employees and customers. Companies should look at all aspects of NFPA 70E to determine what policies are needed and what policies they want to create and enforce. The purpose is to set forth procedures for the safe use of electrical equipment and […]

May is National Electrical Safety Month

May is National Electrical Safety Month

NECA Safety Professionals Conference 2016 presented by Westex by Milliken

Each May the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) commemorates National Electrical Safety Month (NESM) to raise awareness and educate the public on critical electrical safety topics. EHS Today reported in 2015 that, Workplace electrical incidents result in another nearly 300 deaths and more than 3,500 injuries every year. Although not the leading cause of workplace […]

Your Trusted Connection for FR Safety

Your Trusted Connection for FR Safety

When it Comes to FR Safety We Are All In

When it comes to arc-rated and flame resistant clothing, theres a science behind peace of mind, a science to feeling good, and a science to coming home safe. When it comes to the science of being safe, of caring, we are all in.

I Thought it was Dead…

I Thought it was Dead…

I thought it was dead

Accidents are just that, they happen by chance and not on purpose. In fact, after an accident workers are often heard saying how safe a particular electrician always was until the day he or she wasnt. Accidents where workers think energized circuits are dead claim the lives of electricians every day. Many electricians have consciously […]

Who is Qualified?

Who is Qualified?

Who is A Qualified Person

A qualified person is defined in various ways by different standards and depending on what industry you are in. In the electrical industry, for example, its important for both qualified and unqualified workers to understand and receive training for the equipment they are working on. In construction, and electrical construction more specifically, codes and standards […]

An Update on Combustible Dust & FR Safety

An Update on Combustible Dust & FR Safety

combustible dust protection

In recent years, the combustible dust hazard has been receiving increasing attention from both OSHA and NFPA. OSHA defines combustible dusts as fine particles that present an ignition hazard when suspended in air under certain conditions. The combustible dust hazard is a flash fire event or rapid combustion known as deflagration. A flash fire is […]

How to Keep Everyone Safe: Safety Management Systems

How to Keep Everyone Safe: Safety Management Systems

Safety Management Systems_worker

Safety management systems are designed to be comprehensive and manage safety elements in the workplace. A safety system is a process that continuously operates to reduce hazards and prevent workplace incidents. Safety is a critical element in any business and its important that all employees buy-in to the safety program. After all, employees are your […]

Why One Size of PPE Does Not Fit All

Why One Size of PPE Does Not Fit All

Why One Size of PPE Does Not Fit All

Personal protective equipment (PPE), such as arc rated FR clothing, is a critically important part of every electrical safety program. It should be used as the last line of defense, meaning it helps protect when all other preventative measures have failed. In fact, the hierarchy of controls puts eliminating the hazard as the most effective […]

A First-Hand Perspective of Flash Fire Testing

A First-Hand Perspective of Flash Fire Testing

Westex by Milliken Flash Fire Testing at the University of Alberta

Flame resistant (FR) coveralls, shirts and pants afford workers a few extra seconds of escape time when faced with a flash fire and aim to dramatically reduce or eliminate body burn. FR garments are tested according to a variety of standards. For flash fire, ASTM F1930 (Standard Test Method for Evaluation of Flame Resistant Clothing […]