National Electrical Safety Month
Impacts of NFPA 70E 2018 on Arc Flash Studies
Are you ready to comply with the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) 2018 edition of NFPA Standard 70E for electrical safety in the workplace? This standard provides requirements to help employers reduce risks to employees from arc flash and other hazards when working on or near energized equipment.

The 2018 edition of NFPA 70E makes several important changes related to arc flash safety. Significantly, it promotes the importance of the hierarchy of risk control methods (including placing the hierarchy on the front cover of the 2018 edition). It also considers the likelihood of occurrence of arc flash hazards when assessing risks.

The Functional Safety LifeCycle
Tyler Knutson, Revere Safety Product Manager, is creating a series of blogs on the Functional Safety Lifecycle. The first two steps of the five step lifecycle are posted on our website's blog page, linked below.

Stage 3 will be released next month. Stay tuned!
OSHA Fines – Repeat and Willful vs. Normal – What Makes The Difference?
OSHA just showed up and is asking to see your lockout/tagout program.

That sinking feeling that something is wrong might be an indicator of how this visit is going to go. Just two months ago, they had issued a lockout/tagout fine to a sister company in a different state and the company CEO issued an internal statement declaring that all sites must ensure full compliancy with this regulation CFR1910.147 – The Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout).

It’s hard to believe that two months have passed already. You remember making this an initiative, but was anything accomplished? Time to check.

Quick Resources:
1.  OSHA citation fact sheet  (what to expect if you get visited)
2.  Letters of Interpretation   (OSHA issues letters that explain their regulation – a full list is here)
3.  What can OSHA request   (link to full directive) Excerpt here:
“Copies of any and all documents, including information stored electronically, which reflect training procedures for the lockout/tagout procedures and hazard communication program in effect at the [insert site name} in [insert city, state], during the period [insert month/day/year], to present.”
4.  OSHA fine calculation details  (how they calculate your total fine)

Still confused? Feel free to  contact us  and we’ll help you with whatever questions you have.
Lockout/tagout is perhaps one of the most difficult regulations to get and stay compliant with. Learning the rules shouldn’t be the hard part.
Grace Engineered Products: How Permanent Electrical Safety Devices Go Beyond Compliance
At Grace Engineered Products , electrical safety is not just their business; it’s their mission. Choose Grace PESDs ®  to go beyond compliance.

  • Mechanical/Electrical LOTO with PESDs
  • PESD Job Hazard Analysis
  • Risk Control Hierarchy
  • Productivity

Grace Engineered Products Video : Benefits Beyond Compliance
Grace Engineered Products Video : Grace PESDs® Flex-Mount Voltage Indicator

Rockwell Automation Safety Flex 5000 I/O
FLEX 5000 I/O is a reliable and flexible distributed I/O solution, allowing you to choose your I/O to meet your operational needs. FLEX 5000 I/O enhances communication with 1 Gb EtherNet/IP™ connectivity, offering higher speed and increased bandwidth. Flexibility is provided through multiple network architectures and topology options in addition to a wide range of standard modules, with safety modules available.
Rockwell Automation GuardLogix 5580 Controller
ControlLogix® 5580 controllers help enable faster system performance, capacity, productivity and security to meet the growing demands of smart machines and equipment for manufacturing. All ControlLogix 5580 controllers use the same development environment, Studio 5000® software, combining elements of design into one standard framework that can optimize productivity and reduce time to commission. Studio 5000 also manages safety, so you don’t have to be concerned about separation of standard and safety memory, or worry about partitioning logic to isolate safety – the software does it for you.
Live Webinars
This webinar will discuss Article 120.5 of NFPA 70E in detail along with the inclusions and exceptions stated in the standards with interpretation and application. Additional topics include comparison of UL 1436 and UL 61010 listed devices recognized by the standards and their use in LOTO. 

Learning Objectives:
  • Overview of OSHA's CFR 1910.147 & 1910.333
  • Mechanical and Electrical Lockout/Tagout task scenarios and associated risks
  • Changes to Article 120.5 and interpretation with regards to absence of voltage testing
  • How PESDs fit in the new standards in creating ESWC
  • Comparison of UL 1436 and UL 61010 listed devices     

May 22, 2018 @ 10:00 am and 2:00 pm                             
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the two most common electrical hazards in industrial environments are electric shock and arc flash. Upgrading components such as current-limiting fuses, arc-flash relays, industrial GFCI, and Bluetooth ® enabled relays to design in safety need not be expensive and the return on safety investment is well worth it. Working together we can make electric shock and arc-flash injuries in industrial environments, much less common. The best way to reduce risk of injury from electrical hazards is to design in safety from the start. In this presentation, Littelfuse discusses the components you can design into your electrical systems to comply with codes and standards, adapt to electrical trends, and make your facility safer.

In this webcast you will learn about:
  • Reducing incident energy levels
  • Using remote diagnostics to avoid exposure to panels
  • Stopping arc-blast situations before they stop you
  • Updating for safety in older facilities
  • Reducing electrical shock in wet environments

WEBCAST: Electrical Safety by Design
Reduce electrical hazards and enhance plant safety
Thursday May 24th from 1:00 - 2:00 PM CDT*
*Can’t make it? Register and you will receive a recording of the webcast
Rockwell Automation: Modernizing Lockout-Tagout for Today's Industries
An OSHA-compliant Lockout-Tagout program requires 5 essential components (Training, LOTO Procedures, Policy, Locks and Devices, and Auditing), but these key elements can also be common points of failure in even the most well-intentioned program. ScanESC adds sustainability to your LOTO program by allowing you to graphically audit and monitor your compliance in real time, and course correct as needed. With our approach, you can ensure all elements of your program are working together seamlessly and efficiently. We help you:
  • Ensure the necessary components are in place for compliance
  • Employ alternate protective measures, such as Alternative De-Energization Procedures (ADPs) for routine tasks, saving time without increasing risk
  • Implement a sustainability plan to help you drive efficiency and achieve maximum ROI