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PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 15, 2018--Power management company Eaton announced today an educational program focused on electrical codes and standards to help industrial, commercial and residential customers apply best practices to enhance safety – even beyond the code. In the series of educational articles, Eaton’s industry experts aim to help customers reduce risk by providing perspective on key aspects of the electrical codes that impact safety and operational reliability. The educational program supplements the theme of the 2018 National Electrical Safety Month, “Understanding the Code that Keeps Us Safe,” with an in-depth look at critical National Electrical Code (NEC®) updates.

Eaton's “For Safety’s Sake” blog series is designed to help contractors, homeowners and building owners better understand the underlying electrical codes designed to reduce hazards.



“For more than two decades, I’ve worked closely with a variety of national organizations in the development of electrical standards aimed at enhancing safety, protecting people and supporting reliable operations,” said Thomas Domitrovich, vice president of technical sales, Eaton. “At Eaton, our experts recognize that a robust knowledge of evolving codes and standards can help drive innovation to achieve new levels of safety in homes and workplaces.”

The “For Safety’s Sake” blog series is aimed at helping contractors, homeowners and building owners better understand the underlying electrical codes designed to reduce hazards. It includes discussions of the codes and standards impacting:

Overcurrent protection, NEC Article 240.87 for ground fault protection of equipmentPanelboard safety requirements covered in NEC Article 408.3 and the importance of panelboard barriers to enhance safetyGround fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) technology application in the home and how installing more residential GFCIs could help enhance safety; doing more to advance NEC Article 210.8Arc-rated personal protection equipment (PPE) requirements covered in NEC Article 110.16 and the importance of accurate PPE calculationsAdditional topics throughout 2018 will focus on better understanding Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) codes and standards

To learn more about how Eaton is helping enhance safety and reliability in buildings, visit Eaton.com/buildings.
Eaton’s electrical business is a global leader with expertise in power distribution and circuit protection; backup power protection; control and automation; lighting and security; structural solutions and wiring devices; solutions for harsh and hazardous environments; and engineering services. Eaton is positioned through its global solutions to answer today’s most critical electrical power management challenges.

Eaton is a power management company with 2017 sales of $20.4 billion. We provide energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. Eaton has approximately 96,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries.


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Eaton.com http://www.galvnews.com/news_ap/business/article_4702fb88-3edd-5262-ba11-1a46757c1fb8.html
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Ahmedabad: A training programme to enhance the preparedness of handlers at the airport to respond to emergencies related to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) hazards began at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) Airport in the city on Monday.

The programme consists of lectures as well as field training, including live demonstrations of detection and decontamination including use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).



The training programme will also enable the handlers to provide medical first aid and initial psycho-social support, said a statement from the city airport authorities. Experts from Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS), and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) will deliver lectures and hold demonstrations on various related areas of CBRN emergency management.

A team of NDRF trained for CBRN emergency is posted at Ahmedabad and their expertise will also be utilized in the programme. Around 200 personnel are taking part in the training programme.



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https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/training-begins-for-emergency-handlers-at-airport/articleshow/64166018.cms?TOI_browsernotification=true
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Smithfield, RI — Honeywell Safety Products has issued a voluntary recall of approximately 82,500 hard hats, stating that the equipment may provide insufficient protection from impact and put wearers at risk of head injury.

According to the April 24 recall notice, Fibre Metal E2 Cap and North Peak A79 models are affected. The Fibre Metal E2 hard hats have manufacture dates of April 2016, May 2016, December 2017 or January 2018. The affected North Peak A79 equipment has a No. 4 mold identification and was manufactured between April 2016 and January 2018. Manufacture dates and mold numbers can be found on the underside of the hat brim.



Affected customers should stop using the hard hats immediately and contact the manufacturer by phone at (888) 212-6903 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern, Monday through Friday, to obtain a product credit or voucher equal to the price of the recalled helmet. Users also can visit honeywellsafety.com and click “Voluntary Product Recall” on the right side of the website for more information.


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http://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/16986-honeywell-issues-hard-hat-recall
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Changes in the NFPA 70E 2018 edition include new guidelines for selecting personal protective equipment (PPE) and an emphasis on the hierarchy of controls for risk assessment.1 Here are the key NFPA 70E changes that EHS leaders need to know:

Simplified PPE selection process


Now a part of NFPA 70E’s “mandatory” text, the new PPE selection process helps employers choose arc-rated clothing and gear when using either the incident energy analysis method or the arc flash PPE category method to determine arc flash risk.

NFPA 70E Table 130.5(G) is used to select arc-rated clothing and other PPE when the Incident Energy Analysis Method is used.

Updated risk assessment procedures


The most common causes of arc flash incidents are human interaction and human error, such as dropping tools or metallic parts into energized work areas; not using test equipment properly; using test equipment not rated for the equipment that is being worked on; and not using appropriate safety-related work practices.

The standard’s risk assessment procedure now requires organizations to address human error and its negative consequences on people, processes, work environments, and equipment. To help reduce human errors before any work is started, employers must:

1. Address employee exposure to electrical hazards.
2. Identify the process to be used by the employee to identify hazards.
3. Assess risks.
4. Implement risk control according to the hierarchy of risk control methods.
5. Address the potential for human error and its negative consequences on people, processes, the work environment, and equipment.

Using a new table in NFPA 70E (Table 130.5(C)), EHS Leaders can now more confidently estimate the likelihood of an occurrence of an arc flash incident for AC and DC systems. Where this Table identifies “No” as an estimate of likelihood of occurrence, it means that an arc flash incident is not likely to occur. Where this Table identifies “Yes” as an estimate of likelihood of occurrence it means that additional protective measures are required, implemented according to the hierarchy of risk control.

Examples of likelihood of occurrence include:


For AC systems, working on energized electrical conductors and circuit parts (including voltage testing) or removing or installing circuit breakers or switches performed under any equipment condition may have a likelihood of an arc flash occurrence.

Workers who are voltage-testing individual battery cells or who are removing or installing covers for equipment (i.e., wireways or junction boxes), under normal equipment conditions, are not likely to experience an arc flash.

However, those workers that maintain or test individual battery cells or insert or remove individual cells of a battery system in an open rack — on abnormally functioning equipment — are susceptible to arc flash occurrences.

Hierarchy of risk and control methods


In its 2018 update, NFPA 70E also addressed the logical, systematic process used to manage risks in electrical safety through:

**Communication and consultation
**Establishing risk assessment context and objectives
**Risk assessment
**Risk treatment
**Recording and reporting the risk assessment results and risk treatment decisions
**Monitoring and reviewing risks

When developing their own risk assessment procedures, the new guidelines state employers should utilize preventative and protective risk controls using this six-step hierarchy. In order from most to least effective, the six controls are:

1. Elimination: This method focuses on eliminating the hazard. True elimination of electrical hazards may not be possible in many cases, as electrical loads have to be served in some manner.
2. Substitution: With this method, less hazardous equipment, such as non-electrical or battery-operated tools, may be used.
3. Engineering controls: This method involves the use of products or solutions intended to reduce hazards or mitigate risks, such as circuit breakers or current-limiting fuses.
4. Awareness: Proper labeling, posted signs, barriers, and alerts are required to warn workers of the danger and keep them out of harm’s way. Proper worker training also can help increase awareness of hazards and risk control methods.
5. Administrative controls: To create safer work conditions, electrical professionals should focus on planning processes, training, permits, job planning and work procedures.
6. PPE: Rated to mitigate an arc flash event to a survivable level.

Job checklists and training requirements


Before starting each job that involves exposure to electrical hazards, employers must ensure that a “qualified person” completes a job safety plan and conduct a job briefing with all of the workers who are involved with the project. The plan must:

**Be completed by a qualified person.
**Be documented.
**Include a job and task description.
**Identify the electrical hazards associated with each task.
**Include a shock risk and arc flash assessment.
**Outline the work procedures, special precautions, and energy source controls.

Employers must also document that employees working in energized environments have received training and demonstrated proficiency in the work practices involved.

Safe release and lockout/tagout considerations


According to the NFPA 70E’s 2018 update, any employee who has been exposed to shock hazards—and those responsible for the safe release of victims from contact with energized electrical conductors or circuit parts—must be trained in safe release methods with refresher training taking place on an annual basis.

NFPA 70E 2018 updates: Keeping workers safe


As a standard that requires employers to conduct flash hazard analyses and supply employees with the proper PPE to protect against arc flash, NFPA 70E is an important safety guideline for anyone who is working in and around energized equipment. With thorough and ongoing training, good risk assessments, and knowledge of which PPE to use for specific applications, employers can help prevent arc flash incidents and keep workers safe from harm.



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https://www.ishn.com/articles/108558-energized-equipment-update-reviewing-the-nfpa-70e-2018-changes?
http://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/16668-nfpa-70e-a-look-at-the-2018-edition
http://www.70econsultants.com/causes-arc-flash/ https://www.ecmag.com/section/safety/whats-new-whats-changed-2018-nfpa-70e-update
http://constructionexec.com/article/job-planning-and-risk-assessment-under-nfpa-70e-2018
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Bump testing your gas detector

5/13/2018 3:59 PM

You wouldn’t drive a vehicle without putting on your seatbelt. You wouldn’t ride a bike without putting on a helmet. You don’t go to bed at night without locking your doors. Everyday practices like these create good habits that make our lives easier and safer.

When it comes to gas detection, safe and simple practices like these are no different. Gas detectors that are used every day require the same type of attention. You may not think much about putting on a seatbelt in a vehicle, but it sure does help when you need it. You may also not think much about bump testing a gas detector, but it sure does help to know that your gas detector works when you need it most.

What is a bump test and why is it important?


Bump testing is the only way to ensure proper sensor and alarm functionality. A bump test is defined as the process of briefly exposing sensors in a gas detector to an expected concentration of gas that is greater than the alarm set points. The purpose of the bump test is to check for sensor and alarm functionality. However, it does not check for accuracy. It is important to note that accuracy is ensured through calibration, which is a completely different process than bump testing.

The first thing you should do before using your gas detector is to make sure it works. Without a bump test, how do you know that the gas detector you have can perform the way you need it to? Applying gas to the sensors in a detector is just like checking to see if a flashlight works. If the bump test fails, you know that troubleshooting or further maintenance is required.

Gas detectors are made to survive harsh environments. They are often dropped, exposed to extreme temperatures, humidity, moisture, dust, mud, and sludge. Any of these can factor into a gas detector’s performance. Sensors can become dislodged if a monitor is dropped. Filters can become clogged from moisture or dust. Enough mud or sludge can completely block a sensor from seeing gas. Because of these factors, manufacturers recommend bump testing gas detectors before each day’s use. You may not realize it, but all of these factors that occur during day-to-day use can impact a gas detector’s performance.



How does bump testing work?


For toxic and combustible sensors, the typical output in clean air is zero, whether reading in parts per million (PPM), percent of lower explosive limit (LEL), or percent by volume. One main exception to this is an oxygen sensor, which should read around 20.9% volume in ambient air when functioning. So bump testing a standard four-gas instrument will drive the gas readings up on your toxic and combustible sensors, while driving the reading for the oxygen sensor down.

The problem is that toxic and combustible sensors will generally read zero in an ambient environment whether they are functioning or not. Therefore, the only way to know if they will respond to gas is by, you guessed it, exposing them to gas.

How can I bump test my instrument?


Because of the broad range of gas detector applications, manufacturers have come up with many different ways to perform bump tests. The easiest and usually most efficient way to bump test is by using docking stations, which are often connected to web-based gas detection management software. Through this software, users can schedule bump tests to occur every day. If a failure occurs, the software can notify the user or safety manager of the failure, so they know that further action is needed. Docking stations draw gas through a connected cylinder, and then apply that gas to the detector that is docked. The stations are designed to resemble a manual bump test.

Manual bump tests are performed simply by using a gas bottle, a regulator, tubing, a calibration cup (if using a diffusion instrument), and a gas detector. Users can put the instrument into bump test mode, then apply the gas. The gas detector will either cycle through each individual sensor or do them all at once, depending on instrument settings. After the test is complete, the instrument will display results, showing whether it was a passed or failed test. Alternatively, users can perform a manual bump test simply by applying gas to the instrument while it is on its main gas reading screen.

What are the challenges of bump testing?


The need for bump testing can create some challenges. The number of instruments a company has, the applications, and locations of equipment can all come into play. For this reason, gas cylinders come in a variety of sizes. Users may need larger cylinders to connect to docking stations that are used every day. Users may also need smaller, more portable cylinders to bump test instruments when workers are on the go. Luckily for users, there is a wide array of cylinders available to fit the right application.

Another challenge of bump testing is the training aspect. It is often difficult for safety managers to find time to train users, and workers often do not have time to train one another. Luckily, gas detection companies offer a wide array of training resources available to end users.

The bottom line


The bottom line is that bump testing saves lives. Users should never risk using a gas detector without checking to make sure it is functioning. With the right training, understanding, and repetition, bump testing a gas detector can become as routine as putting on a seatbelt when you get into your car. It is just as important, so why not start now?



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https://www.ishn.com/articles/108535-a-critical-performance-check-bump-testing-your-gas-detector
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5/12/2018 3:41 PM

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http://islandpostgazette.com/future-of-the-emea-europe-middle-east-and-africa-ppe-personal-protective-equipment-mask-market-growth-latest-trend-forecast-2022/47591
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