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Are Safety Regs Cutting into Your Bottom Line?

Over the past couple of years, the electrical industry has been abuzz about NFPA 70E. Some people see NFPA 70E as yet another “productivity-killing safety initiative” to cheat on, so they can “get the job done.” The basic question on their minds is, “What can I get by with?”

But many industry leaders, including contractors who bid by the job and must make person-hours count, have embraced NFPA 70E wholeheartedly. They view safe working practices as a means to ensure they and their employees can return to work and keep getting the job done. The basic question on their minds is, “What are the dangers and how do I protect myself?”

So, which of these two attitudes produces higher profitability? It might seem that safety-cheating would. The reality, however, is a safety-first attitude results in higher profits. How can this be?

Because good safety practices are methodical, they have an efficiency-improving effect on the work process. This offsets much of the time safe practices take. The real pay-off, however, is that safe practices prevent personal injury and the destruction of property. Investing 15 minutes to verify that all energy sources are isolated is far more cost-effective than taking several days of downtime to rebuild a switchgear room. A single safety incident can wipe out years of profit.

If future issues, we’ll examine specific safety requirements (e.g., OSHA), standards (e.g., NFPA 70E), and practices. We’ll look at how you can best implement these to boost efficiency, morale, quality, and, of course, safety.

Source: Mark Lamendola | Mindconnection