The National Electric Safety Code (NESC®) and National Electric Code (NEC®) are frequently mistaken for one another. It is important for anyone working with electrical systems to understand the purpose … Continue Reading NESC and NEC: What is the Difference?
In the 1980’s, a communication supervisor at Ontario Hydro (Hydro One) created a campaign featuring a cartoon bird named, “ZAP the Safety Bird”. Designed as a safety initiative aimed at … Continue Reading Should ZAP Retire? A History & Review of ZAP the Safety Bird
The ANSI Z535 Standard for Environmental and Facility Safety Signs states, (as recommended practice) that the wording used on your safety-related hazard alerting sign should contain 3 elements: 1) A … Continue Reading How to Craft an Effective Safety Sign Message
Choosing the right spill kit is critical for the safety and productivity of your work environment but it’s not always an easy task. Understanding the what, where and how of … Continue Reading Understanding the What, Where & How of Spill Kits
Rooftop installations of photovoltaic co-generation systems owned by residential, commercial, and third-party customers are a trend that continues to grow significantly each year. This equipment is typically part of a … Continue Reading Shedding Light Upon Photovoltaic System Marking Requirements
Tagout rules regarding material strength requirements contained in OSHA 1910.269 have been debated by industry safety experts and those required to comply with these rules since their implementation. In a … Continue Reading What You Should Know About OSHA 1910.269 Tagout Rules
Transmission tower structures present unique challenges towards materials and attachment methods used for asset identification and hazard message warning signage. This is due to the difficult and remote accessibility of … Continue Reading The Challenges and Solutions of Marking Electrical Transmission Tower Structures
Much of the equipment infrastructure in the electrical utility industry that needs to be locked out during service or repair work is a functioning component of a large, complex distribution … Continue Reading Are You Using the Correct Attachment Ties in Your Tagout Operations?
The ANSI Z535 Standard for safety signs, labels, tags, and barricade tapes contains nearly 300 pages of technical information in six sections; some of which are integral to the others, and … Continue Reading 5 Key Design Areas Safety Engineers Need to Know With Their ANSI Z535 Safety Signs
I recently had the honor of being a presenter on the speaking program for the Electric Cities of Alabama Engineering and Operations Conference, held near Birmingham from 10/17-10/19. This opportunity … Continue Reading What’s the Code and Best Practice for Substation Safety Signage?
Starting with the 2002 revision, the ANSI Z535.1 Standard for Safety Colors referenced inclusion of the closest Pantone® color number for each of the safety colors; which is provided within the … Continue Reading How to Write ANSI Safety Colors in Your Specification
I sometimes get asked; “Does my sign (or label, or tag) need to be ANSI compliant?” To answer that you should first understand that ANSI Z535 is a voluntary design standard … Continue Reading Does My Sign Need to be ANSI Compliant?
The National Electric Safety Code (NESC) is the primary standard that governs our work practices. The standards are revised on a 5-year schedule, with the 2017 revision just released in August. … Continue Reading 2012 vs. 2017 NESC Revisions