Happy New Year – It’s time to get serious about Arc Flash!

As we get back into the swing of things and start the new year, here’s a remember that safety needs to be a top priority. Taking a few minutes to stop and think before starting an activity can be the difference between life and death.

There is plenty of evidence for those who continue to deny or ignore their responsibility for having an Arc Flash Program in place simply because they don’t see specific language in an OSHA Standard. The argument is no longer an acceptable defense, as indicated by OSHA’s citation in December of a South Carolina-based company after an employee in their Wisconsin plant was severely burned by an electrical arc flash while servicing a 480-volt circuit breaker. Facility managers, contractors and others with responsibility for employee and facility safety beware! As the OSHA news release at https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=25332 shows, OSHA is quickly discovering who is pretending and who knows the real purpose of this document everyone is talking about, titled NFPA 70E .

Mitchell and Lindsey specializes in both arc flash analysis and in training end users about their responsibilities relative to arc flash.  The wise among us have stopped pretending that having a suit of fire rated clothing is all that is needed for compliance. You are going to need our help – so why not get your training scheduled before our calendar is full? Contact us for more information! Call us at (502) 682-8491 or e-mail me at mmitchell@mitchellandlindsey.com.