Recently we had the opportunity to guest write on Thorne and Derrick’s blog. Below is what we published on the topic of Safety in the Workplace!
You may ask yourself why you need a safety services program in your organization?
It’s expensive, I need additional staff, and we haven’t had an incident yet…YET is the key word! It’s time to start being proactive instead of reactive! In addition to the numerous industry-wide standards for hazardous energy, electrical safety and environmental standards, the safety of your workplace and personnel should be a top of mind concern.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) industry-wide standard CFR 29 1910.147 control of hazardous energy lockout/tagout program requires that each employer establish an Energy Control Program. According to OSHA, the Energy Control Program, or Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) Program has three core components, energy control procedures, employee training, and periodic inspections. We offer efficient and economical safety solutions from products to services and training that meet OSHA requirements.
You may say, we lock and tag all of our equipment, we’re safe! But have you evaluated the risk of arc flash in your facility? The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standard for electrical safety, 2012 NFPA 70E, requires employers to assess the workplace to determine safety related work practices by using both shock hazard analysis and arc flash analysis. We can help! Our Arc Flash Service starts with a comprehensive review of your environment.
Data collected includes transformer data (e.g. KVA, voltages, and impedance), electric utility information, conductor sizes and length, and fuse/circuit over current protection information on all equipment per IEE 1584. This data is used to develop a computer model of your distribution system, including short circuit analysis, protective device coordination analysis, protective device interrupt rating analysis, and the arc flash hazard analysis, once the utility data is received. Once all of the data is collected you will receive a report that explains the following in detail:
- Dangerous and potentially disruptive arc flash hazards
- Prohibited shock approach boundary procedures for components at each energy source location
- Device coordination to ensure that the device closest to the fault opens in the least amount of time
- Panduit’s remediation recommendations
- Personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements
We can also assist you with correcting these issues and training employees on how to avoid these dangers in the future.
Balancing workers’ safety, productivity and equipment optimization requires a disciplined approach that starts with a strong safety infrastructure. We have created many tools, templates, and videos to help you establish a comprehensive safety program in your workplace. You can visit us at www.panduit.com/safety to learn more!