It is currently Mon Sep 27, 2021 6:13 am



Post new topic Reply to topic
Author Message
ekstra   ara
 Post subject: OSHA compliance by 2013?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 10:41 am 

Joined: Sat Nov 21, 2009 3:10 pm
Posts: 25
I have heard from multiple people that OSHA is saying that you must initiate the process of compliance by 2013. The way it was explained to me was that each company must start the process of arc flash compliance by 2013 or they can be fined. Is this true? I personally have not heard this before. These same people said that initially it was 2010 but it got pushed to 2013.

So, if a company has 25 facilities and they start the compliance process in one of their facilities by 2013 then they may not get fined if someone gets hurt in a different facility then the one going through the compliance process. As long as they have started the process of compliance.

What do you think?


Top
 Profile Send private message  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 5:10 am 
Sparks Level

Joined: Wed Jan 28, 2009 2:19 pm
Posts: 73
Location: Georgia
Never heard of a compliance date.

OSHA's General Duty Clause states that an employer must protect its employees from recognized hazards. Arc flash has been a recognized hazard for many years. If an employer is not protecting its people from arc flash hazards, they can be fined today.


Top
 Profile Send private message  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 6:42 am 
Arc Level

Joined: Mon Jan 18, 2010 11:35 am
Posts: 544
Location: Wisconsin
OSHA cares about worker safety. They expect you will begin to address problems as soon as you are aware of them.
NFPA70E is about much more than simply arc flash. It is about establishing an Electrical Safe Work Practices program, not just sticking on some labels.


Top
 Profile Send private message  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2012 3:40 am 
Sparks Level

Joined: Wed Oct 29, 2008 6:06 am
Posts: 136
Location: Michigan
Despite the fact OSHA does not directly address arc flash hazards it is the enforcing agency and states in 29CFR 1910.335(a)(1)(i) that, “employees working in areas where there are potential electrical hazards shall be provided with and shall use electrical protective equipment that is appropriate for the specific parts of the body to be protected and for the work to be performed”. However, OSHA does not specify how to comply with this regulation and instead defers to the NFPA-70E, the national consensus standard for electrical safety in the workplace.

If there is an injury, the company is still liable and could be fined, but businesses that proactively implement comprehensive safety and health programs may obtain some leniency. Implementing arc flash into the electrical safety program can be a huge undertaking and isn’t something completed overnight; however, there must be interim measures taken to protect electrical workers while the arc flash analysis is being performed.


Top
 Profile Send private message  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 10:33 am 
Arc Level

Joined: Tue Jan 13, 2009 5:00 pm
Posts: 566
They do specifically address arc flash hazards:
1910.335(a)(1)(v)
[INDENT]Employees shall wear protective equipment for the eyes or face wherever there is danger of injury to the eyes or face from electric arcs or flashes or from flying objects resulting from electrical explosion.[/INDENT]
1910.335(a)(2)(ii)
[INDENT]Protective shields, protective barriers, or insulating materials shall be used to protect each employee from shock, burns, or other electrically related injuries while that employee is working near exposed energized parts which might be accidentally contacted or where dangerous electric heating or arcing might occur.[/INDENT]


Top
 Profile Send private message  
Reply with quote  
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 5 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 7 hours


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Jump to:  
© 2019 Arcflash Forum / Brainfiller, Inc. | P.O. Box 12024 | Scottsdale, AZ 85267 USA | 800-874-8883