Technical Blogs for Arc Flash Safety Garment Manufacturer, ProGarm
STOP THE SHOCK
Every October, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) runs a themed safety campaign aimed at businesses operating in this fast-growing industry.
This year, they’re focusing on electrical safety with a month-long ‘Stop The Shock’ campaign.
Their goal is to reduce exposure to major electrical hazards during the construction and operation of wind farms. Campaign materials include support materials for training, posters and hard hat stickers.
They have also produced a webinar which focuses on different types of electrical hazards, appropriate PPE, different types of wind turbine, electrical worker qualifications and understanding the difference between electrical shock, arc flash and arc blast.
Spanish publication ‘REVE’ (initials which, when translated, stand for Wind Energy and Electric Vehicle Review) is published in collaboration with the Spanish Wind Energy Association (AEE) and is also pushing AWEA’s campaign.
They’ve identified that many wind farm workers lack awareness and understanding of the many potential electrical hazards in their work environment (including arc flash), which creates a substantial risk for electricity-related injuries.
LACK OF ARC FLASH AWARENESS WITHIN WIND ENERGY SECTOR
In August this year, Redwood Kardon (an American Electrical Safety Instructor) went on public record raising concerns about the levels of awareness in the sector while another electrical specialist, Jim Phillips, criticised the historic lack of…