IOWA NEWSPAPER ASSOCIATION
Electrical Arc Flash Growing Workplace Hazard
Arc Flash, the Sudden Release of Electrical Energy through the Air, is Causing More Electrocutions, Blast and Burn Injuries
DES MOINES–– Jerry Edmondson, president of the Des Moines-based firm, Occupational Safety Consultants (OSC), today announced a series of Iowa seminars to combat the expanding number of injuries and deaths from arc flash.
The increasing number of commercial electrical connections and higher voltages has led to more incidences of arc flash. Arc flash occurs when a maintenance worker gets too close to a power source. The worker can complete the ground circuit, causing the equivalent of a lightning bolt to strike. The result can be a plasma explosion that melts everything in its path – wood, plastic, clothing and even metal.
The rising electrical risk – hundreds of deaths and thousands of disabling injuries occur in the US each year due to shock, electrocution, arc flash, and arc blast – led to new regulations from the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA 70E). The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is acting to warn workers of these increased dangers.
To alert Iowa workers, OSC and select Iowa community colleges are conducting state-wide sessions with hands-on training and demonstrations. The first is set for Wednesday, May 29, 2013 – 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Iowa Events Center in downtown Des Moines. More sites listed below.
* Who should attend?
Anyone working with electricity or responsible for ensuring workers are protected from shock and arc flash hazards, including contractors, especially electrical contractors, electricians, plant managers, risk and safety managers and facility maintenance personnel, particularly workers who maintain apartment and retail buildings.
* About Occupational Safety Consultants
Occupational Safety Consultants, now entering its 19th year of delivering safety services to leading Midwest industrial and construction companies, presents this, its newest loss containment event. Services include OSHA/MSHA regulatory abatement, workplace safety training, comprehensive safety audits, and accident investigations, along with the development of safety and health programs, policies and procedures.
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For more information, please visit www.OccupationalSafetyConsultants.com
Jerry Edmondson, President
Occupational Safety Consultants
(515) 313-5405 Office
Tod Richardson, Safety Consultant
Des Moines Session
Date: May 29, 2013
Location: IOWA EVENTS CENTER
Mason City Session
Date: May 30, 2013
Sponsor: NORTH IOWA AREA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Date: June 6, 2013
Location: Blong Technology Center
Sponsor: EASTERN IOWA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Council Bluffs Session
Date: June 12, 2013
Sponsor: IOWA WESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE