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Energized Electrical Work Permit (EEWP) Newsletter

Energized Electrical Work Permit (EEWP) Newsletter

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Published by Joel Cook
Many facility managers may not know about or will often play possum (feign ignorance) when it comes to applying OSHA’s required Energized Electrical Work Permit (EEWP) when having work performed on live equipment.
Many facility managers may not know about or will often play possum (feign ignorance) when it comes to applying OSHA’s required Energized Electrical Work Permit (EEWP) when having work performed on live equipment.

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 Are You “PlayingPossum”?
Do you haveexperience inElectrical Safety?
If “YES” then perhaps youwould be interested in abusiness opportunity!We are now offering ourP3 Arc Flash Analysisdevelopment software programto electrical contractors andentrepreneurs who might belooking to start a business or addto their existing services.Inform business owners andfacility managers about OSHA’selectrical safety requirements.Then offer them your new arc
ash analysis service.
No need to hire an electricalengineer or purchase anyexpensive software. Just collectthe data and send it to ITU to dothe rest. No strings attached!
Many facility managersmay not know about or will often play possum(feign ignorance)when it comes toapplying OSHA’srequired EnergizedElectrical Work Permit(EEWP) when havingwork performed on liveequipment.Did you know that if a worker is injured or killed while working on
energized equipment one of the rst things an OSHA representative
may ask to see upon inspection is a copy of Energized ElectricalWork Permit for that particular job or task? An electrical
fatality occurs once every 28 hours in theUnited States alone and over 2,000 more workers are treated
annually with injuries due to arc ash hazard incidents. According
to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) between theyears 2002 and 2007 1,213 workers were killed in the workplaceand another 13,150 were severely injured all due to some sortof electrical related accident. Every one of these incidents wasinspected by OSHA to determined whether or not the businessor facility at fault is in compliance with OSHA and NFPA 70Eregulations.So, the point is, don’t get caught not using and mandating the use
of an Energized Electrical Work Permit in your facility! OSHA’s nes
associated with such an infraction could total over several hundredthousand dollars alone. Not to mention the legal costs associatedwith bodily injury or death should an incident occur. A sample EEWPand more information can be found in Annex J of the NFPA 70Estandard.
So, what exactly is an Electrical Work Permit?
 An EEWP (Energized Electrical Work Permit) is a document thatclearly describes the following:1. The circuit, equipment, and location of the job/task at hand.
 
How it works!
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Data is collected by you oryour workers
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Data les are sent to ITU’s
Engineering staff via: Email
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The collected data is migratedinto ETAP or SKM and ourengineers conduct the analysis.
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Reports, One-Line Diagrams, and Arc Flash Hazard Labels are sentback to you.
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 Your customer is then incompliance with OSHA andNFPA 70E.
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ITU remains silent to yourcustomers.
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Compliance without compromise.NFPA 70E Requires yourcustomers to...
Have up to date ANSIapproved
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PPE for their maintenanceworkers.
Electrical Safety Training.
Electrical Work Permits.
 And more.  All covered in the arc Flash Analysis.The U.S. Government is rampingup workplace safety rules andregulations. Therefore, the demandfor compliance is on the rise. Don’thesitate! Get started now and getahead of the competition.Call us at
866-851-9993
formore information or
 
to nd out more about Arc FlashHazards and why an arc ash
analysis must be performed on allfacilities in the U.S. and Canada.
2. The work that is tobe done.3.
Justication of 
why the circuit or equipment cannotbe de-energized or the work deferreduntil the nextscheduled outage.The EEWP documentshould also include
a section for the Electrically Qualied Person to assess the task at
hand and determine if the job can be done safely. In order to do thishe or she must be able to provide the following information:1. A detailed job description procedure to be used when performingthe job/task at hand.2. A description of the safe work practices to be employed.3. Results of the Arc Flash Hazard Analysisand Shock Hazard Analysis.4. Shock Protection Boundaries.5. Necessarypersonal protective equipment to safely perform the assigned task.6.
Means employed to restrict the access of unqualied persons
from the work area.7.
Evidence of completion of a Job Brieng including discussion of 
any job-related hazards.The document shall include the signatures (and dates) of thefollowing personnel:1.
Electrically Qualied Person performing the job/task at hand
2. Manufacturing Manager 3. Safety Manager 4. General Manager 5. Maintenance or Engineering Manager 6. Electrically Knowledgeable Person
When do I need to employ an EEWP?
Justication of work on or near electrically exposed parts that are
more than 50 volts to ground must be put into an electrically safework condition.The only two exceptions are:1. Situations where powering down equipment becomes anIncreased hazard: This is common in situations where amedical facility may require uninterrupted electricity for lifesupport systems. It is also common for machinery to storekinetic energy such as a compressed spring. This often willmake a machine more dangerous to the worker, the facility, andthe machine itself.2. When it is simply infeasible to power down: This is only whenvoltage reading and troubleshooting live components. Electricalequipment troubleshooting obviously has to be done whenenergized. OSHA recognizes and allows this without requiringthe application of an Energized Electrical Work Permit. However,
the ppe requirements posted on the arc ash warning label

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