There are some training, protective equipment, and safety precautions that are required by law, depending on the type of work done and business completed. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is responsible for ensuring training is completed, safety laws are followed, and personal protective equipment (PPE) is provided. Any reports or suspicions of non-compliance, accidents, serious injuries, or deaths are investigated by OSHA. Some of the first questions asked during any investigation revolve around work practices, specific procedures, training, documentation, and the provision of PPE.
The question top executives should ask is "How confident is this business in the compliance with laws and regulations regarding safety?" The question, and the answer is important because penalties for non-compliance can include severe fines, imprisonment for key employees in charge of safety, and sharp increases in liability insurance premiums. It also exposes the business to lawsuits, unfavorable media coverage, and public outrage. Reviewing regulations, training programs, current documentation, and provisions for protective equipment should be completed often throughout the year.
In terms of electrical workers and professionals, there are variations regarding training, appropriate PPE, and labeling of equipment. An arc flash consultant Florida can help businesses ensure their practices and procedures are within compliance with OSHA regulations. An arc flash is a very dangerous electrical arc between metals. It is unpredictable, severe, and responsible for most of the serious injuries and deaths that occur on the job. Arc Flash Hazard Analysis Florida is the first step of the compliance process. It indicates which labels are needed for any electrical current, and which rating is needed for protective equipment.
OSHA cites the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 70E standard as the best action to prevent hazards. That standard outlines training requirements, differences in protective equipment, and specific labeling for boxes and switches for electrical currents. The traditional "HIGH VOLTAGE" warning label, for example, no longer suffices in certain situations. Another example is that personal protective equipment is now available in two different ratings. Flame resistant (FR) is still available, but arc rating (AR) equipment is required for situations where an arc flash hazard is present. The AR rating means that the materials used for the equipment has been tested to withstand an arc flash. An analysis determines which type of rating is appropriate for PPE.