Volume 11, Issue Number 4 November 28, 2006

DoE Report Calls Electrical Safety a "Significant Concern"

The safe performance of electrical work at Department of Energy facilities is "a significant concern," according to a DoE Report released in August.  There were more electrical incidents in 2005 than 2004, including arc-flash events.

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2007 National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) Published

The 2007 edition of the National Electrical Code (NESC) is now available.  It covers electric power and communications supply lines and equipment, along with similar installations such as high-voltage power distribution systems in industrial complexes.

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Fiber Optic Association Certifies 20,000th Technician

During October 2006, the Fiber Optic Association (FOA) certified its 20,000th CFOT - Certified Fiber Optic Technician. Since its founding in 1995, FOA has grown into the world's largest professional society for fiber optics. Members include contractors, installers, educators and manufacturers.

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WARNING: Using HID Lamps on Construction Sites Can Be Hazardous to Workers

Many electrical contractors are using High Intensity Discharge (HID) lamps to provide temporary lighting on construction sites. Although this provides all contractors with increased illumination levels to perform their work tasks, it also increases the risk of eye and facial injuries from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

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Shipments of Lighting Equipment Decline for Second Consecutive Quarter

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association’s (NEMA) Lighting Systems Index slipped 0.6 percent between the second and third quarter of 2006. Domestic shipments of emergency lighting, fixtures, and large and miniature lamps all posted increases from the prior quarter, while fluorescent ballasts experienced a decline in shipments before adjustment for typical seasonal variations. Despite the gains registered in four of the five underlying component categories, the index still declined because shipments failed to increase at a rate that is typically expected for this time of year.

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Hazardous Communications Handbook 2006

Bethesda, MD – The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) has just released a new edition of its Hazardous Communications Handbook. The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) created the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) in 1989, as a “right-to-know” (RTK) law. Many construction materials pose potential health hazards. Electrical contractors purchase the Hazardous Communications Handbook in quantity and give it to their workers to improve safety by educating them about safe use of workplace substances.

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NECA 101-2006, Standard for Installing Steel Conduits (Rigid, IMC, EMT)

NECA 101-2006, Standard for Installing Steel Conduits (Rigid, IMC, EMT) has just been revised by NECA. This ANSI-approved standard describes the installation of steel rigid metal conduit (RMC), steel intermediate metal conduit (IMC), and steel electrical metal tubing (EMT). Conduit with a supplementary PVC coating is also included.

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Coggeshall Award Goes To Code Expert Charles M. Trout

The Coggeshall Award was established in 1956 through a bequest from Allan Coggeshall to honor a member of the National Electrical Contractors Association who, in the judgment of NECA’s Executive Committee, has made an outstanding contribution to the progress of the electrical contracting industry in the technical and training area. Charles M. Trout took this honor home from NECA’s recent National Convention in Boston. Charlie Trout knows all about what it takes to pass a tough electrical inspection; he’s been on both sides of the process.

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Paper On Evaluating Water-Damaged Electrical Equipment Available For Free Download

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published a paper entitled Evaluating Water-Damaged Electrical Equipment. This publication, which is an updated version of the paper, Guidelines for Handling Water Damaged Electrical Equipment, provides information to building owners, maintenance workers, electrical inspectors, electricians, and users of electrical products on how to evaluate electrical equipment that has been exposed to water through flooding, fire fighting activities, and hurricanes.

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