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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2011 5:04 pm 
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Are meters considered PPE?


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No. OSHA 1910.132 doesn't define PPE explicitly but implies what PPE is, namely, equipment protective one's body, personally. A meter, in this context, does not protect one's body, but semantics being what they are, some might disagree


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Meters should be part of your Electrical Specific PPE Program. Meters are not any different than insulated tools in my opinion. Here is a quote from an article written by Jeffrey Sargent, focused on GFCI's being part of your PPE program (link: http://www.necplus.org/Features/Pages/PPEYouCanPlugInto.aspx?sso=0);

"Insulated tools, non-conductive ladders, rubber insulating mats, and protective temporary grounding equipment are non-garment items that also fit into the broader category of equipment that is designed and intended to protect employees against electrical hazards."


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I would agree that meters are part of your PPE. I don't think you have to actually wear something for it to be considered personal protective equipment. Now getting your employer to pay for your meter per [url="http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=STANDARDS&p_id=9777"]OSHA 1910.132(h)[/url]… that’s usually another story; then it becomes a tool. However, the NFPA-70E Handbook says in the notes following 110.9, "Test instruments are safety equipment and should be considered in the same category of protection as voltage-rated gloves or arc-rated face shields."

Below is a link to a really good related article about a forensic investigation for a lawsuit involving an arc flash incident and the death of an electrical contractor at a department store.
[url="http://ecmweb.com/ops_maintenance/defective-test-equipment-20100101/"]http://ecmweb.com/ops_maintenance/defective-test-equipment-20100101/[/url]

Fluke also has an article titled [url="http://support.fluke.com/find-sales/download/asset/2149996_a_w.pdf"]Think ‘Test Instruments’ when you think of personal protective equipment (PPE)[/url].


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