ASSE releases sixth edition of electrical safety guide

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has published the sixth edition of its "Illustrated Guide to Electrical Safety." This guide is a reference to help the reader navigate through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) recent changes to CFR 1910 Subpart S, standard Part 1, "Design Safety Standards for Electrical Systems," and Part 2, "Electrical Safety-Related Work Practices." 

The new issue includes an easy-to-use cross-reference that allows readers to find the changes, which were made to sync OSHA requirements with those of the 2011 National Electric Code. Although the Safety Related Work Practices section was not revised by OSHA, the updated guide harmonizes with the latest National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 70E standards.

According to Occupational Health and Safety (OHS), the new publication features several updates that have been made to Subpart S, including working clearances and guarding for low- and high-voltage electrical installation, updated wiring methods, and significant updates to classified locations and special systems. Over 130 illustrations explain the revised requirements and users of the guide are provided with information on how to implement the requirements for a safer workplace.

OSHA standards establish that all employees working near potential electrical hazards must be provided with safety products, including non-conductive hard hats, lineman's gloves, insulated tools, and arc face shields and clothing to protect workers from shock, burns, or other electricity-related injuries. 

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