Working on energized equipment is one of the more dangerous scenarios technicians face in the field. As a result, there’s been a concerted industry effort to improve the understanding of electrical shock and arc flash hazards. I believe one of the most important standards in this safety push is the restructured language within the 2018 edition of the National Fire Protection Agency’s (NFPA’s) 70E “Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace.”
In the past, the standard addressed electrical hazards and risks holistically when considering energized electrical work. But today’s latest guidelines now identify hazards and risks independently and include recommendations for a thorough risk analysis that considers the hazard, the planned work task and potential human error. Together, the changes result in a clearer understanding of energized work and help reduce electrical incidents.
The prevalent use of paints and coatings across many industries and organizations presents a variety of workplace hazards. In
many cases, selection and use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) is necessary to help control exposures.
Respiratory and skin contact hazards are common across most applications. Depending on the type of paint or coating and
the specific use conditions, other hazards may be present. These can include fire and explosion hazards, electric shock, fall
hazards, excessive noise and other. Prior to selecting PPE for any painting operation, a hazard assessment completed by a
qualified health and safety professional is necessary to evaluate exposure risks potentially present.
The dangers posed by industrial Dust Explosions can affect a wide range of different industries. This article examines the topic, and gives recommendations on how to prevents such incidents from occurring.