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Safety and Savings Tips for April/May 2014 from All Safety Products, Inc.

Safety Storage Month in May proclaimed by All Safety Products

Storing Incompatible Chemicals and Liquids

You first need to identify reactive chemicals and inventory where and which chemicals you are storing and the proximity of chemicals near each other. OSHA covers this in greater detail on their website, https://www.osha.gov .Chemicals have the ability to react when exposed to other chemicals or certain physical conditions.

The reactive properties of chemicals vary widely and they play a vital role in the production of many chemical, material, pharmaceutical, and food products we use daily. When chemical reactions are not properly managed, they can have harmful, or even catastrophic consequences, such as toxic fumes, fires, and explosions. These reactions may result in death and injury to people, damage to physical property, and severe effects on the environment. Process Safety Management is used to prevent and mitigate chemical reactivity hazards.

Chemical reactivity hazards are addressed in specific standards for the general and construction industries.

At All Safety Products, Inc., we offer a wide selection of flammable and containment type products to keep your areas safe and hazard free. Please sure to visit our Safety Storage storage products page.

Standards for Electrical Safety in the Workplace

NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace
This is a recognized consensus standard that addresses electrical safety work practices for employee workplaces that are necessary for the safeguarding of employees relative to hazards associated with electrical energy.  Employers are required to perform an Arc Flash Hazard Analysis in order to protect personnel from the possibility of being injured by an arc flash.

The analysis shall determine the arc flash boundary, the incident energy at the working distance and the personal protective equipment that people within the flash boundary shall use. Where it is determined that work will be performed within the arc flash boundary by NFPA 70E 130.5, one of the following methods shall be used for selection of protective clothing and other PPE:

1. Incident Energy Analysis
The incident energy analysis shall determine, and the employer shall document, the incident energy exposure of the worker (in calories per square centimeters). Arc rated clothing and other PPE shall be used by employee based on the incident energy exposure associated with the specific task. For information on selection on arc rated clothing and other PPE, reference NFPA 70E Table H.3(b) Annex H.

2. NFPA 70E Hazard/Risk Category (HRC) Classifications and Protective Clothing and PPE Matrix
Use NFPA70E Table 130.7(C)(15) to identify the HRC for a specified task. NFPA 70E Table 130.7(C)(16) provides guidance for the selection and use of protective clothing and other PPE when using hazard/risk categories.

3. NFPA 70E Annex H Simplified, Two-Category, Arc-Rated Clothing System
The use of Table H.2 in NFPA 70E Annex H is suggested for a simplified approach to assure adequate PPE for electrical workers within facilities with large and diverse electrical systems.  In addition to the arc-rated clothing systems listed in Table H.2, other PPE appropriate for HRC classifications could be required.

About All Safety Products

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