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How Non-Contact Tools Increase Electrical Safety

How Non-Contact Tools Increase Electrical SafetyIt’s the foundation of any electrical safety program: limiting the exposure of workers to the electrical hazards of shock and arc flash. Using test leads and clamps to probe inside a live panel when trouble-shooting and performing routine maintenance always exposes workers to danger. Electrical personal protective equipment (PPE) is a last line of defense and must never be relied upon as the primary method of protecting electricians and technicians. Safe work practices, including the use of non-contact test tools that do not require electrical workers to place them-selves in harm’s way, must first be considered when it comes to electrical safety.

Steps to keep electrical workers out of harm’s way:

  • Infrared (IR) Thermometers: Allows technicians to stand at a safe distance from equipment and components to obtain accurate temperature data.
  • Visual IR Thermometer: Blends the digital image of the object under measurement with the heat map indicating the now obvious to the unwary worker.
  • IR Cameras: Not only capture and measure the infrared (heat) energy emanating from a source, but produce a thermal image as well.
  • IR Windows: Using the IR Window to perform a thermal scan of equipment greatly increases safety for the thermal imaging technician. Shock and arc flash exposures are reduced to virtually zero.
  • Laser Distance Meters: This non-contact distance measurement tool also increases safety when doing such jobs as conducting an arc flash study.
  • Non-Contact Voltage Detectors: Allow voltages to be detected without having to make contact with an energized part.
  • Remote Display Multimeters: Allow readings to be taken up to thirty feet away from the equipment being monitored.
  • Wireless Test Tools: Provide the most advanced technology for enhancing safety.

The use of non-contact test tools greatly limits and oftentimes completely eliminates the need for workers to be exposed to the electrical hazards of shock, arc flash, and blast. Probing inside a live panel with hands, test leads, and clamps while attempting to locate measuring points, and then placing and holding test leads while turning and leaning to read a meter display, carries hazards. Many times two workers are required to accomplish this task, with the additional worker thus being exposed to the hazards. Providing a practical safe working area free of electrical hazards is the stated purpose of electrical safety standards.

Non-contact test tools can also help achieve that goal and create an electrically safer and more efficient work environment for employees.

 Read the complete article to learn how non-contact tools increase electrical safety.


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