The Difference Between Safe and Unsafe Business Practices

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Injury prevention is mission critical in the workplace. Safe practices reduce risk and ultimately lead to increased profits, employee efficiency, and overall better employee morale. A safe employee is a happy employee who goes home at the end of their work day.  To begin educating your team on workplace safety it is helpful to contrast unsafe and safe behaviors. Below is a list of some areas to consider carefully.

Unsafe Behaviors:

  1. Not wearing the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when dealing with electrical hazards or around fire systems. This can lead to serious injury and violations of OSHA regulations.
  2. Not properly training your employees for when they have to deal with workplace hazards.
  3. Not having a routine inspection of maintenance equipment to make sure it is clean and running smoothly without any problems.
  4. Allowing work areas to become cluttered and unmaintained.
  5. Not keeping your facility secure with video surveillance, fire monitoring or access control.

Safe Behaviors:

  1. Stay up-to-date with the latest OSHA and NPFA 70E requirements. This allows you to know the safe procedures that come with certain jobs.
  2. Have your fire systems inspected to ensure their working conditions? These are important as they can detect heat, smoke, and carbon monoxide.
  3. Have your Arc Flash Risk Assessment completed in order to ensure that your electrical equipment is properly checked and inspected and so you know which PPE to wear.
  4. Designation a proper place for tools, equipment and schedule regular times to clean work areas and walk ways.
  5. Always report anything you see that could lead to a hazard or lead to an unsafe situation. Sometimes hazards can go unnoticed. Speak up!

Keep safety a priority! It is a best practice for many reasons. Be thorough with your inspections and training and quick to respond when a problem is identified. For additional help or information on ways you can improve safety contact the experts at Thompson Innovation. Our information is:

Phone: 866-258-8462

Email: help@thompsoninnovation.com

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Three Things You Can Do to Keep Your Facility Safe

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May is Electrical Safety Month. Lucky for you, Thompson specializes in Electrical Safety. During this time, we want to inform you on three things that you can do to stay safe.

First, in order to keep your facility safe, it is important to have routine Thermal Imaging inspections completed. You should have this done by certified Thermographers that know and have experience on what they are doing. Once the Thermographers have looked at your equipment, you should then take a look at the digital and thermal images so you can see where the weak areas of your systems are. It is important to get those looked at and fixed so you can avoid any problems that could occur. Optimizing your equipment will make them more productive and more efficient.

Second, staying up-to-date with NFPA 70E and OSHA standards is also an important part of Electrical Safety. Falling below the line of the requirements can make your facility at risk for an accident. Training your employees on the standards will be important for their own safety as well. Your company can’t be very productive if you don’t have any knowledgeable employees around. By staying compliant with the requirements and standards of OSHA, you will keep your facility safe which in the long run will keep your employee’s safe while on the job.

Third, is getting an Arc Flash Risk Assessment completed. This form of Electrical safety is an important one as there can be many dangers that could occur from the result of an Arc Flash. Some of these include shrapnel wounds, high degree burns, blindness, and even death. You will need to have your equipment labeled in compliance with the OSHA and NFPA standards, this will make you aware of the protections that you need when servicing the pieces of equipment that are at risk. Having a risk assessment completed will inform you on what to do.

Don’t miss out on these opportunities to make your facilities better. Go to Thompson for all of your Electrical Safety needs. We have certified Thermographers, Trainers, and experts in Arc Flash to help you with any Electrical Safety needs. Contact us today. Our information is:

Phone: 844.321.3869

Email: help@thompsonspecialty.com

Website: www.thompsonspecialty.com

Are you wearing the proper PPE?

Are you wearing the proper personal protective equipment? Do you know about the many dangers that could occur if you are not prepared? We at Thompson know all about safety and are more than happy to share, teach, and train you on this information. If you read along, we will explain what you should be wearing to avoid any issues with electrical equipment.

There are plenty of hazardous events that can occur if you have the wrong or even no PPE on at all. Serious injury and even death can be the result of not being properly trained. Some of the injuries include: electric shock, severe burns, blindness, shrapnel wounds, lung blast injuries, ruptured eardrums, and pressure wave injuries. If you are wearing the proper PPE, then you will be able to avoid all of those problems.

You may not know which PPE to wear at the right time. The only way to know is to have your Arc Flash Risk Assessment completed. This is an essential assessment because it will tell you which pieces of equipment require level 1 PPE or level 4 PPE. Ask yourself, do you want to be caught in a situation where you need all the protection possible and you are only wearing level 1 equipment? The answer is probably no. Think about that the next time you are around electrical equipment, it could mean life or death for you.

We at Thompson provide Arc Flash Risk Assessments and are more than willing to come out and train you on what equipment needs certain levels of PPE. This knowledge will greatly increase the safety of your employees and that is something that we strive to achieve. Come to us for your PPE training and Arc Flash Risk Assessment needs.

For more questions or comments feel free to contact us. Our information is:
Website: www.thompsonspecialty.com
Phone: 844-321-3869
Email: help@thompsonspecialty.com

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It’s time you had an Arc Flash study done

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Are you ready for the new OSHA electrical safety requirements? Do you feel prepared? Have you had your Arc Flash Risk Assessment complete? If the answer is no then it is time to get started. “What is an Arc Flash?” this is one of the most frequently asked questions. An Arc Flash occurs because of a release of energy caused by an electrical arc, resulting in an explosion. The flash can reach temperatures up to 35,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

One of the main reasons to get an Arc Flash Risk Assessment is because the explosion that occurs is known to cause serious damage. With the extreme temperatures of the blast, burns account for around 80% of all the injuries. Any employee not wearing the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are also at risk of electric shock, blindness, shrapnel wounds, and in some cases death. The damage to your facility can also lead to problems such as lengthy downtime, extensive repairs, and even loss of profit. Often times a simple adjustment to your electrical systems like the breaker settings or the installation of a breaker disconnect can really help to reduce accidents.

Another reason for having an Arc Flash Risk Assessment completed is simply because it is required by OSHA. In 2014 OSHA recognized an arc flash as a “hazard” and after that, the OSHA General Duty Clause began to cover arc flash explosions. All employers need to properly implement and document electrical safety programs that direct activity to the risks involved. All Companies must now comply and have an Arc Flash Risk Assessment completed every 5 years. The leading standard and best practice in electrical safety is the NFPA 70E Handbook. Two main points from the handbook would be that the employer is required to conduct an assessment, and must hand out the proper PPE if a potentially dangerous situation arises.

Having an Arc Flash Risk Assessment completed by qualified and trained professionals is highly important. Are you ready? Contact the experienced Arc Flash specialists at Thompson Automation and Specialty Services today to perform an arc flash analysis for your facility, complex, office, or campus.

For more information contact:

Phone: 844-321-3869

Email: sales@thompsonspecialty.com

Website: www.thompsonspecialty.com

 

What does the new NFPA 70E 2018 Standard mean to you?

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The NFPA 70E has been the go-to playbook for electrical safety practices since 1979 when it was first published. To keep it updated and current, every three years it is revised to include new regulations and requirements for electrical safety. The 11th edition, also known as the 2018 version, is right around the corner and there are hundreds of minor and major revisions specifically, regarding Arc Flash that you need to educate yourself on.

So, what does all this mean to you the employer? Why should you care?

Complying with consensus standards can be difficult. NFPA 70E offers electrical safe work practices for the industry. The NFPA 70E is a how-to-comply instruction manual for several of OSHA’s regulations including electrical hazard assessments and how to select the appropriate PPE for electrical hazards. It is however ever changing and keeping up with all the changes can be difficult.

OSHA enforces compliance to NFPA 70E using Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, which is commonly referred to as the GENERAL DUTY CLAUSE, as the basis for implementation. As the employer, you “shall furnish to each of its employees’ employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees.” As a result, companies can be cited by OSHA for non-compliance of NFPA 70E.

It is more important than ever that you utilize a third party that specializes in Arc Flash Risk Assessments and has the experience and knowledge of the OSHA and NFPA 70E requirements. Call Thompson Automation and Specialty Services today at 844.321.3869 to learn more and to find out how we can help you stay compliant with OSHA and the new NFPA 70E standards.

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Is the Risk of an Arc Flash Explosion Worth the Consequences? 

I look at risk as a combination of probability and consequences.   If the probability and consequences of an accident are low, then the risk is low.  If the probability is high and the consequences are high, then the risk is high.  Perceived risks then drive spending and investments and while we can’t put a specific value on reducing risk we ArcFlashLabeltypically will measure an expected Return on Investment (ROI) for what we spend.  If you have not already made the investment to have an Arc Flash Risk Assessment done at your facility you need to know about and consider the probability and consequences.

The probability of an Arc Flash is related to the quality, care, and age of your electrical system.  The consequences of an Arc Flash can be devastating.  Arc Flash explosions are known to cause serious damage to your facility and personnel.  What is the impact to your business if an arc flash explosion shuts your production line or facility down for a day, a week or a month? You need to consider the total financial loss of an accident; costs that include the disruption of your business and to your customers can be substantial.  Regulatory fines alone can be crippling.

An Arc Flash Risk Assessment is required by OSHA and will-full noncompliance can quickly extend fines into the millions of dollars. What about future expenses then like increased insurance rates and injury settlements.  It can be shuttering to consider, but what about the cost of a death of an employee.

The good news in all this, however, is that the cost of having an Arc Flash Risk Assessment done is low.  It’s very hard to place hard numbers on the cost of an accident.  However, if the risk of an accident is rather high but the investment is low, it makes the decision easier to deal with.  An Arc Flash and the resulting explosions can be devastating to your organization and the employee that is not properly prepared or protected against it.  Whether your motivation is to protect your employees, meet the OSHA requirements, or protect against future expenses; having an Arc Flash Risk Assessment completed by qualified and trained professionals is important.  Contact the experienced Arc Flash specialists at Thompson Automation and Specialty Services at 844-321-3869 today to learn more or to have them perform an Arc Flash analysis for your facility.

The Partner for Agribusiness

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The Partner for Agribusiness is a quarterly publication for Austin Mutual Insurance Company.  Thompson Automation & Specialty Service was recently featured talking about the Dangerous Power of Arc Flash.

Kent Voigt, Senior Risk Consultant, for Austin Mutual Insurance saw the Thompson Automation & Specialty Services presentation at the Ag Cooperative Safety Directors of Iowa in Story City, IA and asked if we would be interested in presenting our presentation to their Risk Consultants in Omaha.  They also asked if Thompson Automation and Specialty Services would like to be interviewed for an article in their The Partner for Agribusiness publication that is mailed to their agricultural customers quarterly.  Here’s the article.  Safety pays dangerous power of Arc Flash