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What Can I See Through An Infrared (IR) Inspection Window?

Electrical Maintenance Safety Devices, such as Infrared Inspection (IR) Windows, allow for real time, infrared data to be collected on energized electrical assets in a closed and guarded condition. Your company has spent considerable time investigating inspection windows and is considering purchasing and installing them on critical electrical assets. The safety team is researching how to perform an inspection and what data can be obtained from using an Infrared Inspection Window. Let’s investigate!

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What Type of Lens Materials Are Used in Infrared Inspection Windows?

Following a recent Arc Flash incident at your workplace, you joined the company’s safety team to search for solutions that would minimize or reduce the risk of another accident occurring during an energized electrical inspection of the company’s equipment. Electrical Maintenance Safety Devices, such as Infrared Inspection (IR) Windows, allow for real time, infrared data to be collected on energized electrical assets in a closed and guarded condition.

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Can The Risk of Arc Flash Be Mitigated By Using Electrical Maintenance Safety Devices [EMSDs]?

Since an Arc Flash accident occurred at your workplace recently during an open panel electrical inspection, the safety officer has been conducting safety trainings for the employees. You read a previous article titled “What Is An Arc Flash?” to educate yourself on Arc Flashes and the hazards associated with them when they occur. The safety officer recently formed a team to search for solutions that could minimize or reduce the risk of an Arc Flash from occurring again during an inspection. You joined the team and are ready to work on the project.

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What Is an Arc Flash and an Arc Blast?

Unfortunately, there was an accident at your workplace a few days ago and several team members were injured. You heard the safety office declare that the accident was an Arc Flash. After viewing the remnants of this accident, you wanted to learn more about an Arc Flash. Let’s research the anatomy of an Arc Flash.

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Why Can’t I Get An Arc Resistant or Arc Tested Certificate For An IR Window?

If I had a dollar for every time I got asked to provide a blanket statement or certificate that IR windows are Arc Resistant or Arc Tested, I would have been able to retire already. Seriously.Unfortunately, I end up having to make a long explanation about how this is impossible to do. Why? Simply put, there is no standard test protocol that has been developed, neither in North America (UL, IEEE, CSA or ANSI) nor Europe (IEC), that would provide a means of performing a standardized test on just an IR window. Rather, the standards that exist are for testing complete switchgear assemblies for Arc Resistance.

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What Is an Infrared (IR) Inspection Window?

The safety officer at your company held three meetings in September to educate the staff on the revised 2018 Edition of NFPA 70E regulations that outlines the “work code: for how personnel should work on electrical equipment safely. In a recent article, we reviewed the “Hierarchy of Controls” put forth by the NFPA where Elimination was at the top of the Hierarchy and Substitution was the second tier.

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Can Human Error Be Eliminated or Only Minimized in Energized Electrical Inspections?

In our last blog titled Can You Explain the New Safety Regulations from NFPA 70E 2018 to Your Team?, we learned that, for the first time, NFPA states that human error must now be considered as part of the Risk Assessment Procedure (RAP). Can human error be eliminated or only minimized in electrical inspections? Let’s find out!

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Can You Explain the New Safety Regulations from NFPA 70E 2018 to Your Team?

Your Occupational Safety Manager asked you to present the 2018 changes from NFPA 70E at the next team meeting in a few weeks. You saw something about the release of these new regulations on an industry website, but you never had the time to investigate what was new...

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What Industries Use Electrical Maintenance Safety Devices [EMSDs]?

Your plant management team has held several employee meetings in preparation for replacing the current calendar-based inspection program with a condition-based program.  During these meetings, Electrical Maintenance Safety Devices were introduced and will be used by the asset inspectors...

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EMSDs – Who Buys Them? Who Uses Them? Why?

Who purchases Electrical Maintenance Safety Devices [EMSDs]? Who uses them? These are questions asked by employees when technological advances, like EMSDs, become available. What if your company has a go-live date in 120 days for incorporating [EMSDs] as part of the electrical asset inspection routes throughout the plant?...

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What Are Electrical Maintenance Safety Devices [EMSD]?

Your company decided to switch from a calendar-based maintenance program to a condition-based maintenance program for all electrical assets with a go-live date in 120 days. During a maintenance team meeting, your supervisor stated that electrical maintenance safety devices will be utilized in the new condition-based maintenance program...

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What Are Critical Asset Surveillance Technologies [CAST]?

Have you ever been chartered with managing risk of the critical assets at your place of employment? The risks you may have to manage could be employee safety as they interact with the assets or maybe mitigation of asset downtime and failure rates. What do you do? How should you approach this task of preventing a problem before it occurs?...

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