Busy, busy, busy … that seems to be the mood across the country. Americans have long described our lives as “busy”, regardless of actual productivity, but now there are real statistics to back it up! At least within the Phoenix-metropolis, the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that employment has increased 11.4% in construction and 3.5% in manufacturing since this time in 2018. We have seen the effects first-hand through our industry partners, electrical contractors and facility owners; their labor force is stretched thin to keep pace with growth in commercial and industrial installations. With this is the need for an electrical safety program people can use.
Investors are constructing new buildings or doing expansions to old buildings for the installation of new equipment or moving old equipment. Business owners and employers are aware of, or quickly made aware of, their responsibilities to provide a safe work environment for their employees. Building permits are being met with increased scrutiny about the design and implementation of premises wiring and the connected equipment. It has been a perfect storm of economic prosperity, awareness of personnel safety, and code enforcement that is driving a lot of productive conversation about electrical safety programs.
The General Requirements for Electrical Safety-Related Work Practices of NFPA 70E advises that an electrical safety program audit be performed at intervals not to exceed 3 years. To implement an electrical safety program that includes work involving electrical hazards, there must be an arc flash risk assessment of the premises electrical distribution system. NFPA 70E advices that an incident energy analysis be updated when affecting changes occur in the electrical distribution system and must be reviewed for accuracy at intervals not to exceed 5 years.
Southwest Energy Systems offers a variety of services to assist in auditing and implementing an OSHA-compliant Electrical Safety Program. We are equipped to provide education, electrical safety training, arc flash studies, assessments, and analysis from top to bottom of your organization and your facility. Does your facility need to be NFPA 70E compliant?