Reprinted with permission from Fluke CorporationThere is no question that electrical safety is a key concern for electricians and engineers, their employers, unions and the government.
Every day, an average of 9,000 workers in the U.S. suffer disabling injuries on the job. Insurance industry estimates put the direct cost of workplace injuries in 1999 at more than $40 billion.* With costs that high, no wonder so many government agencies and private groups hold pieces of the safety puzzle.
* Source: NIOSH
To maximize safety for yourself and your team, you need a solid understanding of the rules and standards that govern safe electrical work. This article will help you cut through the alphabet soup of safety organization names to see how each plays a role in safety.
Well check them out in two groups. First, well look at the government agencies that oversee workplace safety, such as the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
Then well examine the independent safety and standards organizations, including the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the International Electro- Technical Commission (IEC). Though theyre not part of government, they too help set the rules of the safety game.
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