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Who Is Responsible for My PPE?

Who Is Responsible for My PPE?

We discuss electrical safety a lot here, but we do receive the occasional question of “What do I need?” and “How do I get it?” when it comes to Personal Protective Equipment. I’d love to give you a huge list of awesome gear I’ve used over the years and lead you down...

The 5-Point Infrared Inspection

The 5-Point Infrared Inspection

During an infrared inspection, the instruments we use allow us to see problems that our eyes cannot. But that doesn't mean we should rely solely on the technology we use to reach our conclusions. If you're a trained technician with decades of field experience, your...

Choosing A Multimeter

Choosing A Multimeter

I’ve received a lot of great feedback the past few weeks on our videos. And while I will admit that it has been fun to collaborate with other professionals who put their own spin on things, it’s honestly refreshing to just try out some new ideas. So as just a small...

How Do You Handle Problems?

How Do You Handle Problems?

A great way to measure how you performed this year is to take a look back at what went wrong along the way. Were there many emergencies? What failed and how did you handle that situation? Were you prepared? What could you have changed that would have resolved the...

Smart Options For Your Leftover Budget

Smart Options For Your Leftover Budget

One of the toughest parts about the end of something, is what to do with the leftovers. If you’re finishing a project, then the leftovers might be cleaning up or disposing of materials. If you’re wrapping up a multimedia presentation, how do you go about archiving...

Know Your Arc Flash Sticker: Restricted Approach

Know Your Arc Flash Sticker: Restricted Approach

We’ve broken down a lot of information about the Arc Flash Stickers in the last couple of articles, and I don’t want to say that this article will be the last piece of the puzzle, but it is the last boundary we’ll be discussing. My original goal for these articles was...

Know Your Arc Flash Sticker: Incident Energy

Know Your Arc Flash Sticker: Incident Energy

One aspect of my job that I really enjoy is having the opportunity to hold training classes that involve a hands-on portion of arc flash safety and awareness. During these on-site trainings is where I typically see a lot of growth in one’s understanding of the...

Where To Focus Your Training: ATS Testing

Where To Focus Your Training: ATS Testing

Over the course of my career, I’ve had the pleasure of leading many training seminars on different aspects of electrical testing and maintenance. Working towards creating teaching moments with my peers for employees and students who are hungry for information has...

Circuit Breakers: Don’t Neglect the Little Things

Circuit Breakers: Don’t Neglect the Little Things

In discussing the importance of Emergency Power Supply Systems and the proper application of maintenance in these systems, it would be a huge oversight if I didn’t touch on circuit breakers. Though they may not seem like the most exciting part of your EPSS, breakers...

When Does the Age of Your ATS Become a Problem?

When Does the Age of Your ATS Become a Problem?

How confident are you in the reliability of your Emergency Power Supply System? Has your facility been blessed with one of the few transfer switches deserving of a nickname? If “Old Faithful” or “Built Like a Tank” doesn’t ring a bell, then you may need to consider...

Know Your Arc Flash Sticker: Restricted Approach

Know Your Arc Flash Sticker: Restricted Approach

We’ve broken down a lot of information about the Arc Flash Stickers in the last couple of articles, and I don’t want to say that this article will be the last piece of the puzzle, but it is the last boundary we’ll be discussing. My original goal for these articles was...

Know Your Arc Flash Sticker: Incident Energy

Know Your Arc Flash Sticker: Incident Energy

One aspect of my job that I really enjoy is having the opportunity to hold training classes that involve a hands-on portion of arc flash safety and awareness. During these on-site trainings is where I typically see a lot of growth in one’s understanding of the...

Arc Flash Safety In 2018 (Part 2 Lockout/Tagout)

Arc Flash Safety In 2018 (Part 2 Lockout/Tagout)

There are many instances in life where confusion will be the enemy. This confusion can often stem from an overwhelming amount of choices or even a sequence of steps that may seem unclear or appear to be missing some vital piece of information. Since 1896, the National...

Arc Flash Safety in 2018 (Part 1)

Arc Flash Safety in 2018 (Part 1)

“Change is inevitable but personal growth is a choice.” - Bob Proctor Change happens all around us whether we like it or not. Some of the changes that affect us professionally will cause us to have to make a choice whether or not to grow. In some instances, growth is...

I’ve had an Arc Flash Study, Now What?

I’ve had an Arc Flash Study, Now What?

Once your study has been completed, ensure arc flash stickers have been placed on all electrical panels and equipment. NFPA 70E states: "Electrical panels and equipment that are likely to require examination, adjustment, servicing, or maintenance while energized shall...

Arc Flash Studies – Why are they Important?

Arc Flash Studies – Why are they Important?

The never ending question of why? It began in childhood, endlessly asking our parents the same question: Why? As an adult, were are reminded of this because children are constantly throwing the same question at us. Fortunately, these many years of training have...

Choosing A Multimeter

Choosing A Multimeter

I’ve received a lot of great feedback the past few weeks on our videos. And while I will admit that it has been fun to collaborate with other professionals who put their own spin on things, it’s honestly refreshing to just try out some new ideas. So as just a small...

How Do You Handle Problems?

How Do You Handle Problems?

A great way to measure how you performed this year is to take a look back at what went wrong along the way. Were there many emergencies? What failed and how did you handle that situation? Were you prepared? What could you have changed that would have resolved the...

Smart Options For Your Leftover Budget

Smart Options For Your Leftover Budget

One of the toughest parts about the end of something, is what to do with the leftovers. If you’re finishing a project, then the leftovers might be cleaning up or disposing of materials. If you’re wrapping up a multimedia presentation, how do you go about archiving...

Electrical Inventory Made Simple

Electrical Inventory Made Simple

I received a few questions last week about what a well-stocked electrical inventory should look like. And the answer to that will really depend on your facility and the problems you typically encounter. You’ll need to take into consideration the age of your equipment,...

Managing Electrical Inventory

Managing Electrical Inventory

Some of us tend to put quite a lot of forethought into stocking up on necessities in our homes and offices. Items such as toilet paper, bottled water, trash bags, and things that might normally be overlooked in the grand scheme of things. They don’t weigh as heavily...

Questions From The Field

Questions From The Field

I have some exciting news! We've launched a YouTube channel! I understand that everyone may not learn or absorb information the same way. Some of us love reading; digging into a chunk of material when we find a quiet moment. But there are others who are short on time,...

Where To Focus Your Training: ATS Testing

Where To Focus Your Training: ATS Testing

Over the course of my career, I’ve had the pleasure of leading many training seminars on different aspects of electrical testing and maintenance. Working towards creating teaching moments with my peers for employees and students who are hungry for information has...

Circuit Breakers: Don’t Neglect the Little Things

Circuit Breakers: Don’t Neglect the Little Things

In discussing the importance of Emergency Power Supply Systems and the proper application of maintenance in these systems, it would be a huge oversight if I didn’t touch on circuit breakers. Though they may not seem like the most exciting part of your EPSS, breakers...

When Does the Age of Your ATS Become a Problem?

When Does the Age of Your ATS Become a Problem?

How confident are you in the reliability of your Emergency Power Supply System? Has your facility been blessed with one of the few transfer switches deserving of a nickname? If “Old Faithful” or “Built Like a Tank” doesn’t ring a bell, then you may need to consider...

Common ATS Problems

Common ATS Problems

We’ve discussed a few different aspects of Emergency Power Supply Systems in these past weeks (here and here), and hopefully I’ve managed to either refresh some important concepts for you or even given you some direction for further research. What we haven’t covered...

Understanding Your Emergency System

Understanding Your Emergency System

Nobody likes to be in the dark. Losing power can be a huge inconvenience to normal operations and lead to frustration in staff and tenants. And when it comes to critical systems in hospitals or data centers, every second counts. In the event that your building loses...

The 5-Point Infrared Inspection

The 5-Point Infrared Inspection

During an infrared inspection, the instruments we use allow us to see problems that our eyes cannot. But that doesn't mean we should rely solely on the technology we use to reach our conclusions. If you're a trained technician with decades of field experience, your...

Does Temperature Really Matter?

Does Temperature Really Matter?

Well, it all depends on the subject matter. When it comes to cooking, temperature plays a significant factor on the timing, look, taste, and overall presentation of the dish. Imagine you and your family are out to a nice steak dinner, and everyone orders according to...

What is Infrared?

What is Infrared?

I’ve written a bit about infrared inspections already, what you should expect from the service, and what happens once your study is finished. You know that infrared is an inexpensive way to diagnose your property and get a better look at your electrical system’s...

What’s Included in an Infrared Inspection?

What’s Included in an Infrared Inspection?

So you’ve scheduled an Infrared Inspection… What should you expect? I know I always feel better about purchasing a service when I know what to expect, or I’m familiar with the stages of work being performed. This isn’t because I have a distrust of other professionals,...

Who Is Responsible for My PPE?

Who Is Responsible for My PPE?

We discuss electrical safety a lot here, but we do receive the occasional question of “What do I need?” and “How do I get it?” when it comes to Personal Protective Equipment. I’d love to give you a huge list of awesome gear I’ve used over the years and lead you down...

Standards For PPE

Standards For PPE

We’ve reached the end of National Electrical Safety Month, and today we’ll be digging into the last video of the five-part series on 70E changes in 2018. If you haven’t read any of the other SI Articles on these videos, or haven’t watched the videos themselves, please...