Originally Posted By: jfarsetta
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Electricity and Arc Flash are nothing to laugh at. This is certainly true. So dont think I’m discounting the need to act in a safe manner when performing electrically-related inspections. However…
This information needs to be placed squarely in perspective to what we do in our everyday inspections. If a person is uneasy about removing an electrical panel cover, they should not be doing it.
The photo was clearly more than a residential arc flash. Dennis description of an arc flash beiong similat to an electric welder is accurate. However, I have been in situations where I have welded without a mask. I dod not look at the arc, and still got welder's flash (temporarily burned retina) from the UV rays generated by the arc light. It comes in about 4 hours, and leaves in about another 4. Even with a welders mask, reflecting light enters under the mask, and still can cause welders flash.
Eye protection needed to protect your eyes from such a flash is nearly pitch black. You can stare at the sun with it. Also, full face protection is needed to protect your skin from arc flash. When the hell is an electrician going to wear such a mask.
I also think the photos are a bit over the top, and have sais so before. So, why not cut to the quick...
What reasonable equipment should we consider wearing while performing an electrical inspection. Hard hats may be a stretch, unless there is danger of something clunking us in the head. If we get knocked on our a$%
, a hardhat will likely bget knocked off in the process.
Gloves should be robust enough to protect, yet nimble enough to allow grip and dexterity. Absent of this, I feel we are more likely to drop something into the panel.
What about shoes? Rubber soled? Leather soled? I worked for NJ Transit, and can tell you that either style doesnt amount to a tinker's damn if the voltage and amperage is high enough. So, which shoes are acceptable in the context of WHAT WE INSPECT. Remember, we are likely going to be wearing these same shoes on ladders, landscape, and roofs.
How about eye protection? Straight goggles? Visor? At the right temperature, these can melt to your face.
Isnt there a requirement for aprons to be now made of Kevlar? I dont believe that straight Nomex cuts it anymore. Now, at a cost of $800 per PPE vest, this may be impracticle for most HIs. So, what's next? How about a welder's apron. Storable, easy on, easy off, reasonably priced.
Lets get the list going, and use some common sense. There are several free on-line electrical safety courses (presentations) avaiable on the 'Net.
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