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“Yes, we have arc flash labels on our panels.”

“Yes, we have labels on our panels.” We have heard this a hundred times. This is a typical response to the question “Have you had an arc flash assessment at your facility”? Stickers on equipment do not mean you have had an arc flash assessment. Over the past 15 years, many companies have had arc flash assessments completed at their facility, but we often find that the facility isn’t really sure what was actually done. If you don’t know what you are looking for and you see arc flash labels you must assume you have what you needed. But look closer, if you can’t figure out where your arc flash report is located, if you walk around the facility and see panels or disconnects with no labels on the

Are Training Instructors a Dying Breed?

Maintenance Trades are showing signs of weakening numbers in the workforce. Kids graduating are not flooding the union halls or trades craft these days. As equipment in industrial plants continues to age and deteriorate the need for proper equipment maintenance is ever present. The need for employee training, cross-training, re-training is on the rise. There are many new technologies that have emerged in the past decade to assist with content delivery methods that now include AI – Artificial Intelligence, Online Training, and other Web-based programs. These new delivery methods are cutting edge and have their applications but I guess you can call me “old school” as I can’t see us ever rep

Why Qualifications Matter When Performing a Dust Hazards Analysis

It is important to know the qualifications, reputation, and experience of the outside vendor or individual who performs the DHA. The Dust Hazards Analysis (DHA) was recently created to identify and combat the potential hazards associated with combustible dusts and combustible particulate solids. For a DHA to be effective, it must analyze all of the potential fire, deflagration, and explosion hazards associated with the affected process equipment and building compartments. While this approach may seem simple, many of the factors that can contribute or be affected by these hazards are not always adequately analyzed during many DHAs. Although all of the NFPA combustible dust standards now ret

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