IEC Category Ratings: Use the Right Tools for the Job.As with appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), using the proper tools for the job can help keep electrical workers safe.
Limiting workers’ exposure to electrical hazards like arc flash or electrocution is a solid foundation for any electrical safety program. Combine that mindset with the right non-contact tools and more electrical workers will be kept out of harm’s way.
The effective date of the latest version (the 2011 edition) of NFPA 70: National Electric Code” (NEC) was August 25, 2010. It was published in September 2010.
Anyone who makes their living by working with electricity quickly develops a healthy respect for anything with even a remote chance of being "live." Yet the pressures of the getting a job done on time or getting a mission-critical piece of equipment back on line can result in carelessness and uncharacteristic mistakes by even the most seasoned electrician.
Placing electrical equipment or systems in an electrically-safe work condition might seem simple, but there are several factors to consider.
Out on the job site, concrete finishers stand ready to shape wet ready-mix into a new stretch of highway. Mixer trucks are lined up at the concrete batch plant,waiting to take on their loads. But hold on—an electrical problem has shut down the plant. It's time to call Keithly Electric.
Curb explosive potential with intrinsically safe tools. For those who work in industries where flammable materials are present—such as petrochemical and pharmaceutical plants, oil platforms, refineries, pipelines, and mining—the potential for an explosion is a daily reality. All it takes is a flammable material coming into contact with air and an ignition source.
Inductive heating, which typically occurs when phase conductors are routed around metal mounting channels, supports, or braces, can cause catastrophic and deadly failures in electrical distribution and control equipment.
Late on a Sunday afternoon the Kern County Fire Department responded to a call at a store on Rosedale Highway in Bakersfield, California. Crews found that a row of solar panels on the roof had caught fire. Some of the panels were still live when the crew arrived, so the fire crew had to take extra precautions until electrical power could be disconnected.
The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) offers certifications and certificate programs geared toward renewable energy professionals throughout North America, including a certification program for solar electric installers.
Understand the real dangers of arc flash, how to protect yourself from it and the standards for protection. Learn how to visually inspect your equipment and test your leads and probes.