Each year, electric shock causes more than 300 deaths and 4,000 injuries. Follow along with SHOCKtober to learn all about this “shocking” hazard: how it works, what’s at stake, what the standards say, and how to guard against it.
Welcome to Episode 3 of SHOCKtober – a month-long series focusing on electric shock hazards. Voltage-rated gloves are a vital component of any shock protection program. For this episode, we are joined by a very special guest and Subject Matter Expert (SME), Rich Gojdics, Vice President of Business Development at Enespro PPE. Let’s see what Rich and Scott have to say about voltage-rated gloves:
As Rich explains, there are three simple, lifesaving practices that will help reduce the likelihood of electrical shock injuries:
- Know your limits of approach – a qualified electrician knows they have three limits of approach:
- Arc flash boundary
- Limited approach distance
- Restricted approach distance
- Always wear gloves with the proper protection – when an electrician approaches an energized circuit and passes into the limited approach boundary, they MUST have proper rubber protection and leather protection on their hands at that point.
- Inspect and maintain your glove kit at all times – ASTM F496 and NFPA 70E have specific language requiring electricians to inspect the exterior of their rubber insulated gloves and the leather protector before the start of every day and every task for any type of marginal compromise that could jeopardize their safety during energized tasks.
Check out Episode 4 to learn about electrical shock PPE from one of Hollywood’s top experts on electricity.