September Editorial Highlights
Ad Close: September 24 | Materials Due: September 30
Pool Shock Peril Resurfaces
A stew of knotty issues is sparking fresh debate over whether swimming pools adequately protect users from the menace of electrical shock. Leading the way is a flurry of publicity about deadly and injurious encounters with stray electricity around the structures, rekindling a fear that seems to bubble to the surface with clocklike regularity. Aging pools, and the risks they carry in the form of degraded or outdated bonding and grounding systems, compound those concerns. Add in lingering questions about the qualifications of installers and inspectors, calls for tighter regulations and new safety standards and the rise of new technologies, and it’s clear that pool electrical issues are getting more attention. The core concern is whether more pool structures — existing and newly built alike — are slipping into the danger zone.
Protecting Yourself from Arc Flash Hazards
If your work requires you to install, inspect, operate, or maintain live electrical equipment, or even to work near such equipment, then you are at risk for arc flash-related accidents and injuries. Unfortunately, the danger of exposure to arc flash hazards is on the rise and increasing steadily, due in part to greater overall energy usage as well as higher system voltages and available fault currents. The frequency of arc flash–related incidents and the severity of the consequences have incited organizations including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to create new and more stringent requirements to protect employees and contractors working on or near live electrical equipment. While employers are obligated by law to follow OSHA regulations for creating a safe work environment, electrical workers need to play an active role in ensuring their own safety on the job.