At this time Arc Flash labels are not required by OSHA, since OSHA has not deemed NFPA 70E into law. However, arc flash hazards are a real threat to workers’ safety. When arc flash labels are used, they must comply with the NFPA 70E standard and employers could be fined for failing to protect workers from arc flash dangers. Proper PPE and safety practices must be diligently utilized and followed to ensure the safety of workers around arc flashes. One thing that is important to remember is that it is the employers that are responsible for labeling such hazards and this responsibility is not that of the manufacturer which can be easily confused.
Lockout / Tagout is a vital safety procedure that is implemented to help keep people safe from various threats such as chemical, hydraulic, thermal, electrical, mechanical, or pneumatic types of energy when a machine or piece of equipment is being repaired or maintained. Basically, the equipment must be deemed inoperable and be properly shut-down in order to safely conduct the needed repair or maintenance. There are essential steps that must be followed in the lockout / tagout process to ensure that safety is first and foremost.
These are the 6 steps of loto:
4. Lockout / tagout
5. Stored energy check
6. Isolation Verification