Diving Deeper: Arc Week Season 2

Arc Week is back, and Season 2 is better than ever. This year, we’ve taken the action to new depths; throughout the week we’re joined by a number of industry experts, who share their expertise with us. And, at the end of the week, they all join us for an actual shark dive on location off the coast of Florida.

Why? To show it’s possible to do something that seems inherently dangerous safely, IF you have appropriate hierarchy of controls – including behavioral safety, situational awareness, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Check out this sneak peek:

For decades, our resident technical expert Scott Margolin has been dedicated to studying and protecting workers from arc flash and flash fire hazards by day – and a passionate shark enthusiast in his free time. Through his work, he’s conducted thousands of arc flash and flash fire tests aimed at improving protective products and safety standards, and through his “play” he’s completed hundreds of dive encounters with some of the world’s most dangerous sharks. Scott’s time in both worlds has drawn engaging, memorable parallels that bring important lessons about risk protection and PPE to life.

In Season 2, Scott is joined by several arc flash experts: Duane Siders of National Safety Apparel (NSA), Hugh Hoagland of ArcWear, Rich Gojdics of Enespro PPE, and Jason Iannelli of the Electrical Training Alliance (ETA) and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).

So what do sharks and electrical work have in common? More than you might think. In both there’s a clear potential hazard, one that can be reduced by:

  • Training,
  • Behavioral safety,
  • Hazard analysis,
  • Situational awareness, and
  • PPE

This season addresses each of these hazard-reduction methods. Episodes 1-3 focus on PPE Categories 1-4 and layering. From there, Episode 4 takes a deep dive on OSHA, NFPA 70E, and some of the most famous arcs in history. And, at the end of the week, arc flash experts assemble for a real shark dive in Episode 5 – examining other aspects of arc flash safety (in addition to PPE) to show how the hierarchy of controls work together to keep you safe.

Just when you thought it was safe to cross the flash protection boundary…

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Season 2, Ep. 1: Shark-Rated vs. Arc-Rated – Matching PPE to the Hazard

You wouldn’t want to swim with great white sharks without a shark cage, and “swimming” with arcs is much the same. In both situations, it all starts with hazard analysis. Identify a greater hazard, and increase PPE accordingly. We take a deep dive into CAT 1 and CAT 2 PPE: how it works together as a system, how it maps to risk categories, and how to match it to your hazard.

Season 2, Ep. 2: Hidden Dangers – 3 Things to Know About Layering Above CAT 2

When diving with sharks, you might think the main hazard is the sharks themselves. However, it’s critical to also consider the diving hazards – all more likely to injure the diver than the sharks. It’s the same with safe electrical work: we must account for all foreseeable hazards. Learn about common hidden dangers of layering, and how to address them with behavioral safety and PPE.

Season 2, Ep. 3: “You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat” – CAT 3 & 4 Arc Flash Suits

This episode discusses the plot of a famous shark movie to help explore matching PPE to the hazard. Scott Margolin is joined by special guest Rich Gojdics, Vice President of Business Development at Enespro PPE, to answer frequently-asked questions about PPE for CAT 3 & CAT 4 hazards.

Season 2, Ep. 4: Famous Sharks & Arcs Through History

Special guest Duane Siders, Chief Revenue Officer at National Safety Apparel (NSA), joins Tyndale’s Scott Margolin to look back at some of the most famous arcs in history – and how far we’ve come. But not before we take an “Arc Week” look back at some of the most famous sharks in history…

Season 2, Ep. 5: Respect Your Environment – Swimming with Sharks and Working with Arcs

The grand finale we’ve all been waiting for. Our arc flash experts assemble for a real shark dive, examining other aspects of arc flash safety (in addition to PPE) to show how the hierarchy of controls work together to keep you safe.

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