Important OSHA Standard 1910.269 Update

OSHA Standard 1910. 269 Final Rule Issued April 1

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the Final Rule on April 1, 2014 for its Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution and its Electrical Protective Equipment regulations, further improving safety protection for America’s workers. The updated regulations harmonize the general industry and construction requirements so that the same rules apply generally to the same kinds of work. In addition, OSHA based its revisions on the latest consensus standards, specifically, NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace and ANSI/IEEE C2 National Electrical Safety Code, and improvements in electrical safety technology. The Federal Register is scheduled for publication on April 11, 2014. The effective date of these revised regulations is 90 days following publication of the Final Rule.

The Final Rule will provide significant requirements in the following areas:

  • General Training
  • Host Employers and Contractors
  • Minimum Approach Distances and Insulation
  • Protection from Flames and Electric Arc Hazards
  • Deenergizing Transmission and Distribution Lines and Equipment
  • Protective Grounding

Get details on the new requirementsclick here to visit our OSHA Standard 1910.269 Update Page

Facts and Stats in the NEW AVO Training E-book

image-2579.jpgAVO Training is proud to present our new Interactive eBook!

In our continuous efforts to keep people safe from the dangers of electricity, we have developed an interactive e-book that allow you the user to review important information, including:

  • Electrical safety information
  • Statistics
  • Links to our Electrical Safety Self-Assessment Tests (find out how much you really know)
  • AVO Course details and much more!

Click on the image below to view the E-Book now!

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AVO Training Online – Coming April 2014

image-2656.jpgAVO Training Institute is proud to announce the addition of online training to our course offerings.

AVO Training Online offers the convenience of self-paced learning while giving you the electrical safety expertise that you have come to expect from AVO Training Institute, including:

  • Self-paced courses – allows you to stop when you need to, and start back up where you left off.
  • AVO quality instruction – the content of our online courses has been developed by our subject matter experts and contains the same high-quality information that is taught in our instructor-led classes.
  • No travel, lower costs – online instruction allows for training where you are, no flights or hotel costs means money and time saved. 

“Arc Flash Electrical Safety”

Our first product available online in April will be “Arc Flash Electrical Safety”.

This course is comprised of 9 modules, which can be purchased as a bundle or individually and taken on your timetable.  Once you complete the course you will receive a certificate of completion.  This course teaches awareness of the Arc Flash Hazard and the related safety requirements from OSHA and NFPA 70E.

Arc Flash Electrical Safety leads directly into the AVO 2-Day NFPA 70E Instructor-led course!

For more information about our online training, or about other courses offered by AVO Training, contact us a 877-959-7996, or at info@avotraining.com.

Identifying Pitfalls in the Arc Flash Calculation Process

image-2648.jpg“Identifying Pitfalls in the Arc Flash Calculation Process”
by D. Edwin Sherry, P.E.
Electrical Construction and Maintenance Magazine

This article presented in EC&M Magazine explores the arc flash calculations process and understanding the limitations of these methodologies that may put you or your technicians at risk.   It also outlines ways to mitigate these limitations, and mitigate the dangers of an arc flash.

“An electrical arc flash can occur when someone is verifying the presence of voltage, checking the balance of current, operating a switch, inspecting an energized cable or bus connections during routine maintenance, or simply standing in the vicinity of energized equipment. This is a reason to perform an arc flash hazard assessment study — to discern the degree of arc flash hazard present and the level of PPE required at a given location on the power distribution system. In addition, this type of study helps determine the possible means to reduce the energy through time….”

Click here to read the full article.

3 New Requirements in 2014 National Electrical Code

image-2628.jpg“3 New Requirements in 2014 National Electrical Code”
By Charles Helmick, Training Manager – AVO Training Institute

AVO Training Manager Charles Helmick presented “3 New Requirements in 2014 National Electrical Code” in the December 2013 issue of ISHN Magazine.  The 2014 NEC has added 3 new items to the 110.16 – Arc Flash Hazard Warning requirements.  These requirements are intended to require owners of electrical equipment to provide labels that have enough information regarding the potential arc flash hazard that qualified electrical persons can select procedures and personal protective equipment.

Switchgear To Be Labeled

The first is the requirement for these labels to be on switchgear.  This is to provide clarification for the requirement.  In a previous code cycle, the term “such as” was added to the requirement regarding electrical equipment.  Evidently when the NEC says the requirement is for “Electrical equipment such as switchboards, panel boards, industrial control panels, meter socket enclosures and motor control centers that are in other than dwelling units,” it was not clear that this included switchgear.  This requirement has been amended for clarification.

Equipment Labeling by The Manufacturer

The second change is the allowance for the equipment to be factory marked.  In 2002 when the requirement was added, it was a field-marking requirement.  Keep in mind, the NEC is an installation requirement and installations are subject to inspection by the authority having jurisdiction.  The inspection could be delayed on new equipment if only field marking is allowed.  The electrical engineer who is providing specifications for the equipment can now provide information to the factory so the equipment can be labeled, installed and ready for inspection.

New Signage/Labeling Requirements

The third and probably the most significant change is that the marking shall meet the requirements in 110.21(B).  110.21(B) is a new requirement in the 2014 NEC  which states that where caution, warning or danger signs or labels are required, they must meet three requirements.

First, the marking shall adequately warn of the hazard using effective words, colors or symbols.  This may be subjective, but the requirements for adequate warning are clearly stated in the NFPA 70E, 110.5(C) Equipment Labeling.  Equipment labeling for the arc flash hazard must contain three items to be considered adequate: At least one of the following: a. Available incident energy at corresponding working distance; b. Minimum arc rating of clothing; c. Required level of PPE; d. Highest Hazard Risk Category for the equipment; Nominal system voltage; and Arc flash boundary.

Second, the label shall be permanently affixed and cannot be handwritten unless, as allowed by the Exception, the information on the equipment is subject to change.

Third, the label must be durable to last in the environment.

The new changes are all working together to make this information more readily available to qualified persons who may be exposed to the arc flash hazard while working on or near electrical equipment.

2014 NEC: Code Revisions to Know

featuredImageWide_NEC2014Nov13Electrical Contractor Magazine is presenting a three-part series titled “2014 NEC Outlook” that reviews the significant changes in NEC 2014.  Part I reviews some Code-wide revisions and a number of the significant changes in Chapter 1 of the National Electrical Code.   As Michael Johnston notes in his article,”…the NEC technical committees acted on 3,745 Code change proposals and 1,625 public comments.  There were new articles added to the NEC this cycle.”  Understanding these changes is the difference between compliance and non-compliance, and may save a life.

To read the full article click here (part 1 of 3)…

To fully understand the new NEC 2014, AVO Training is now offering our National Electrical Code 2014 Course that provides the student with a thorough understanding of this standard and is a foundation for safe and compliant construction of electrical systems.

Click here to read NEC 2014 Course objectives, to download a course outline and to register for a course date.

Upcoming National Electrical Code 2014 Course Dates

January 6 – Valley Forge, PA
January 13 – Dallas, TX
January 27 – Portland, OR
February 3 – Dallas, TX

Test Your Electrical Safety and Maintenance Knowledge

Not sure if you truly know how to be electrically safe?  Are you up for testing your maintenance knowledge?  AVO Training has developed several quizzes to help you determine your level of electrical safety and maintenance understanding.  The quizzes include:

  • Electrical Safety
  • Basic Electricity
  • Low Voltage Circuit Breaker
  • Medium Voltage Cable Technology
  • Protective Relay Maintenance
  • Substation Maintenance I
  • Substation Maintenance II

 

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Taking these quizzes can help you determine if you are in need of training to not only improve production within your duties, but to possibly save your life. For questions about our courses that relate to these subjects, contact us today at 877-959-7996, or click here to send us an email.