Arc Flash PPE: Suit/Clothing, Gloves, and Face Shield

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Like clockwork, every three years, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) updates the Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace (NFPA 70E). The most recent revision occurred in 2015, and it clearly focused on amping up several areas of arc flash requirements.  The new 2018 version on the horizon appears to be similar in emphasis, too.

Alongside the 2015 NFPA 70E, in 2014, OSHA also made updates to the Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution Standard (29 CFR 1910.269), which addressed the arc flash hazards in the applicable industries covered by this regulation. Similar to the 70E, the OSHA updates to 1910.269 included changes to several areas, such as training, estimations of arc flash energy, minimum approach distances, and personal protective equipment.

And of course, Subpart S, which addresses electrical safety and safe work practices, is also is a large and ever-present OSHA concentration. With good reason.

Each of these areas are intended to prevent catastrophic, and potentially lethal, arc flash and electrical injuries in the workplace. Due to the severity of arc flash incidents, stringent methods are needed to protect workers.

To that end, proper selection of PPE is critical. Arc flash is an unforgiving event if it transpires. Even PPE may not fully protect workers in the event of a serious electrical event, but the wrong selection can be deadly.

We’ll learn more about all that in this article.

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Convergence Training Listed as One Top 20 Health and Safety Training Companies by Training Industry

Whew! We’re winning so many awards lately, it’s hard for this humble safety blogger to keep up. But that’s a good problem, no?

For those keeping track at home, you may remember that we recently won the ISHN Best Safety Training Attendees Award at the recent ASSE Safety 2017 event in Denver, CO, and that had followed our winning the ISHN 2017 Reader’s Choice Award for Best Safety Training.

And today we’re happy to announce that Training Industry recently named Convergence Training as one of the top 20 health and safety training companies for 2017. Thanks to the folks at Training Industry for including us!

If you’re new to Convergence, and you’re wondering what we did to make it on the top 20 list, the links and videos below may give you an idea:

Not only that, we’ve got an Incident Management System for performing incident investigations, tracking corrective actions, keeping records, and OSHA and MSHA submission.

Here are some samples. First, a quick highlight video featuring images from some of our online training courses:

Next, an overview of our Convergence LMS for safety training administration:

And here’s an overview of using the Convergence LMS for MSHA safety training and compliance:

Finally, here’s our new Incident Management System:

 

Let us know if there’s some how we can help YOU with safety training at your work. And thanks again to Training Industry magazine.

Before you leave, why not download the free guide to effective safety training below as well?

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Safety Differently, Incident Reporting, and Incident Investigations: More with Ron Gantt

This is the second of our three articles with Ron Gantt focusing on Safety Differently.

If you missed our earlier Introduction to Safety Differently, click that link you just passed up. We also have another article on Safety Differently and Safety Training which is coming soon.

The focus of this article, though, is on Safety Differently and incident investigations.

Read on to learn more.

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OSHA Arc Flash Training Requirements and Standards

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Live work on electrical equipment carries a substantial risk of electric shock and arc flash. When exposed to energized equipment, employees must have a clear understanding of potential hazards and ways to work safely. Prevention of unsafe conditions is vital, as the consequences of electrical shock and arc flash can be devastating.

Temperatures during an arc flash can reach or exceed 35,000 °F (19,400 °C).  Explosions during these events can occur as metal changes from a solid to a gaseous state, causing expansion and dynamic force. The resulting blast can produce blinding light, flying shrapnel, molten metal, extreme pressure, electric shock, and deafening noise.

Employees experiencing such catastrophes can be severely burned and/or suffer vision and hearing loss, crushing body injuries, and concussions and other traumatic brain injuries. Flying shrapnel from these events can incur serious wounds or impalements. If the work is elevated, the force of the arc blast or shock also may cause workers to fall from heights and produce additional injuries.

Protecting your workers from hazards such as these mandates several interwoven and necessary training components.

If you’re wondering about what is required, let’s take a look at the applicable standards in this article.

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Electrical, High Voltage Arc Flashes: What You Need to Know

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You’ve heard about arc flash, but do you really understand enough to protect your workers?

Arc flash is a topic that is undergoing increased discussion in the workplace safety and health industry. And with good reason, as according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fatalities due to arc flash occur at a rate of approximately one per day in the USA. And annually, more than two thousand workers are admitted to intensive care burn units because of these catastrophes.

An arc flash represents an extremely dangerous condition in the workplace. If you don’t have an adequate safety program in place, your workers may be exposed to these dangers. Let’s review some of the basics and look at what occurs during an arc flash incident, as well how to prevent hazardous conditions.

 

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Check Our Article on Evaluating Safety Training in the September Issue of ASSE’s “Professional Safety” Magazine

A quick head’s up that you can read our most recent article about safety training in the September issue of the ASSE’s Professional Safety magazine.

The article is a continuation of our series highlighting some “big issues” in safety training, and it focuses on evaluating safety training to make sure you’re getting the desired results. Our Effective Safety Training article all the big points in the series plus more, our article on evaluating safety training covers much of what is discussed in the magazine article as well (though not everything), and our free Guide to Effective Safety Training at the bottom of this article covers much of the same ground.

The next article in the series at Professional Safety will focus on continuous improvement of safety training, so hang tight for that one.

And speaking of Professional Safety, the September article looks like a good one. Here’s a sneak peek of topics covered:

  • Protecting workers in extreme temperatures
  • MSDSs & ergonomics
  • Electric arc and the thermal effect
  • Health issues in the power generation industry
  • ISO 45001
  • Work-site physical therapy
  • Employee training
  • “Four fields” of safety performance
  • Safety leadership
  • Weather

Let us know if you’ve got any questions. Otherwise, get yourself a comfy seat in the shade, pour yourself some nice iced tea, and enjoy your magazine reading!

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The Convergence Incident Management Software (IMS): Available Now


You may know that our brand-new Incident Management Software, or IMS, has been nearing completion. Well, we’re happy to let you know that it’s now available and ready for you to use at your organization.

You can use our Incident Management Software to:

  • Create, edit, manage, and track the status of incident reports
  • Attach associated incident documents and images, including digital photos and videos
  • Select involved personnel directly from the system
  • Document OSHA-recordable and MSHA-recordable injuries and illnesses, and submit those directly to OSHA and MSHA
  • Identify root causes
  • Prescribe, record, and track corrective actions

Even better, you can use it as a stand-alone product or you can integrate it with the Convergence LMS (our software tool for workforce training and safety training administration).

Here’s a quick video overview:

We think you’re really going to like this new safety tool. Click to learn more about our incident management software or just contact us.

You may also get some valuable insights from the following articles related to incident investigations:

And be sure to downloading our free Job Hazard Analysis Guide, below. There’s some important stuff in there.

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Incident Investigations and Root Cause Analyses: Tips from a Pro


Three quick reminders before we begin this article on performing a root-cause analysis during an incident investigation at work.

First, this is the second of two articles drawn from an interview with Joe Estey. The earlier article is more of an introduction to incident investigations, including what one is, when and how to do one, pros and cons of doing your own as opposed to bringing in a third-party, and some common mistakes people make while performing incident investigations.

Second, some history on how I know Joe. I met Joe after listening to him give a presentation on incident investigations during the Western Pulp, Paper, and Forest Products Safety Conference. I liked it, learned a lot, reached out and asked if he’d participate in an interview, and he did. Thanks to Joe for all that.

Third, if you’re in the Pacific Northwest area, you can catch both Joe Estey and me speaking at the upcoming Washington Governor’s Safety and Health Conference in Tacoma, Washington (at the Convention Center) on September 19 & 20. Joe will be speaking on Generational Shift: Myths and Realities of the Multigenerational Workforce and Safety Culture. I will be giving one presentation on Effective Environmental, Health, and Safety Training and a second one on How to Evaluate Online Safety Training Courses, Systems, and Providers.

And with those three points made, let’s see what Joe had to tell us about incident investigations and performing a root-cause analysis.

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What Is an Incident Investigation: Tips from a Pro


I first met Joe Estey while listening to him give a presentation on incident investigations during the Western Pulp, Paper, and Forest Products Safety Conference. I learned a lot about incident investigations, continuous improvement, and human performance improvement from Joe during that presentation, and so I followed up by asking him if he’d be willing to participate in an interview about incident investigations for our blog. Happily he said yes!

This is the first of two blog posts we’ll be publishing featuring Joe talking about incident investigations. The article focuses on explaining what an incident investigation is, how to perform one, and some common errors people commit while performing one. The second article will focus more on specifics for performing a root-cause analysis during the incident investigation process.

We’re excited about and grateful for Joe’s participation in this interview, and think you’ll enjoy learning from his knowledge and insights. For more about Joe, please read his bio at the bottom of this article.

Also, if you’re in the Pacific Northwest area, please know that you can catch both Joe Estey and me speaking at the upcoming Washington Governor’s Safety and Health Conference in Tacoma, Washington (at the Convention Center) on September 19 & 20. Joe will be speaking on Generational Shift: Myths and Realities of the Multigenerational Workforce and Safety Culture. I will be giving one presentation on Effective Environmental, Health, and Safety Training and a second one on How to Evaluate Online Safety Training Courses, Systems, and Providers.

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Catch Our Webinar on MSHA Part 46 and Online Training Options: Thursday, September 28, 10:00 am (Pacific)


We’ll be hosting a webinar on the MSHA Part 46 compliance training requirements and some online training options Thursday, September 28 at 10:00 am (Pacific).

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • MSHA Part 46–The Important Stuff
  • Key Players
  • Main Types of Training
  • Compliant Methods of Training
  • Types of Compliant Documents

Take a moment to pre-register for the webinar today, and we’ll be sure to send you some reminders as the webinar approaches as well.

If you’ve got a question you’d like us to address, feel free to leave it in the comments section below and we’ll be sure to try to answer it or point you in the right direction during the webinar. Of course, we’ll take questions then as well.

Also, know that we’ll be delivering a presentation at this year’s MSHA TRAM Conference that looks at some current and future technologies for mining safety training. We’ll keep you posted about that, and if you’re at TRAM, keep an eye out for us.

Finally, feel free to download our free Guide to Online MSHA Compliance below. See you at the webinar!

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Online MSHA Compliance Guide

Download our free guide to learn how online tools can help you create safer work conditions at a mine site, stay compliant with MSHA Part 46 regulations, and manage your training program more efficiently.

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OSHA Hazard Communication Standard and Program

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When the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) was published by OSHA in 1983, it represented a decade of painstaking, but vital, rulemaking activity.

More than thirty years have elapsed since the rule was published. And yet, HCS remains one of the most important and relevant US occupational safety and health standards. The Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200), last updated in 2012 for GHS alignment, applies to a wide spectrum of workplaces and industries, and is considered one of the crown jewels in OSHA’s mission to protect workers on the job.

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Come See Us at the 2017 National Safety Council (NSC) Expo September 25-27 in Indianapolis, IN


We’re looking forward to attending the National Safety Council (NSC) Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana this coming September 25-27 and hope to see you there.

We’ll be in booth 1723, so stop by and say hi.

As always, we’ll be demonstrating our Convergence LMS for managing your safety training needs (plus MSHA safety training/compliance needs) and our online courses for health and safety and mining safety.

But we’re also excited to have available two new products you may not yet know about.

We’ll have all the information there for you at our booth. Come by and ask some questions, view a demo, and pick up some brochures to learn more.

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