Vol. 1 No. 9

July 2006

- Fluke's Thermal Imaging Guessing Game
- Working in Close Quarters
- Coming Events
- Update your FREE EB Bluebook Listing!
- Enroll in EB's Academic Roundup
- Your August 2006 Electrical Business


Fluke Electronics recently paid us a visit here at Electrical Business to show us its latest offering in the realm of thermal imaging: the Ti family of portable thermal imagers available in six camera models. The products are designed for both technicians with little or no thermography experience, and for predictive maintenance (PdM) experts, process engineers and consultants.

The affordable Fluke Ti20 and Ti30 feature straightforward controls and require very little training to operate, making them perfect for beginner and intermediate technicians to perform a variety of daily equipment maintenance and inspections. Simple point-and-shoot ease-of-use and intuitive on-screen commands render these cameras among the easiest to use in the market.

The Fluke Ti40, Ti45, Ti50 and Ti55 IR FlexCam® Series IR cameras, on the other hand, are engineered for advanced technicians and professional thermographers. These cameras feature great thermal sensitivity, selectable temperature measurement ranges, image browsing capabilities, eight-colour linear pallets, 180° articulating lens and on-board CompactFlash memory. These cameras come standard with new Fluke SmartView™ image management software: a suite of analysis, management and reporting tools.

The Fluke Ti IR FlexCam Series cameras are also available with optional IR-Fusion™ technology that facilitates real time pixel-for-pixel merging of infrared and visible light images on a single display.

Fluke Ti Series thermal imagers are available now from select distributors. For more information, visit Fluke Canada.

(Note: Top photo is A. Capkun, editor)


Workers sometimes have to enter spaces that were not designed for humans at all. Silos, vats, hoppers, utility vaults, tanks, sewers, pipes, aircraft wings and other ‘confined spaces’ may be difficult to exit and are often fraught with hazards, explains CCOHS (Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety).

They may lack oxygen and contain poisonous substances, making it dangerous for the worker to breathe. Sometimes, explosive or flammable gases accumulate in confined spaces without the worker realizing it, and could cause a fire or explosion if ignited. Confined spaces may be very hot or very cold, offer limited visibility, and contain various other physical, chemical, biological or electrical hazards.

Each year, workers are injured or killed while working in confined spaces. Of particular concern are the poisonous gases in some confined spaces that can kill a person without warning. Hydrogen sulfide, for example, may be impossible to detect: high concentrations of the gas reduce a person’s ability to detect its tell-tale rotten egg odour.

Too often, the victim count increases when someone enters a confined space in an attempt to save a fallen co-worker. The would-be rescuers often succumb to the same hazardous conditions themselves, and represent an estimated 60 per cent of fatalities in confined spaces. (Such was the case in the recent fatalities at the Sullivan lead-zinc mine in British Columbia where two of the four dead were paramedics.)

Identifying a confined space
Before entering a workspace, workers should stop to consider whether or not it is a confined space. For example:

- Is it an enclosed or partially enclosed space that has a restricted entrance or exit, and/or hazardous substances or conditions?
- Is it not primarily intended for human occupancy?

Also, confined spaces can be found both above and below ground just about anywhere in the workplace. And, despite its name, a confined space is not necessarily a small space.

If it is determined that the worksite is, indeed, a confined space, best to consider doing the work outside of that space, if at all possible.

The air within a confined space should be tested from outside before a person enters. Using appropriate detection equipment, a trained person should sample the air throughout the space. Before anyone enters, the air testing should show a safe amount of oxygen, and absence of any toxic or flammable gas. If the space cannot be made safe, no person should enter... plain and simple.

Working in a confined space requires special training, as it requires a good understanding of gas monitoring, ventilation systems, fire and explosion prevention and equipment lockout, as well as a thorough knowledge of the worksite's specific hazards.

Keep reading Electrical Business to learn more about working in confined spaces, such as developing a confined space health & safety program and managing the risks from confined spaces.

— With files from CCOHS


Leadership Enhancement and Development (LEAD) Conference
National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED)
July 27–30
Lake Tahoe, Calif.
Visit www.naed.org (PDF)

AdVenture 2006 (Electrical Sales & Marketing Conference)
National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED)
August 13–15
Chicago, Ill.
Visit www.naed.org

Atlantic Region Golf Tournament
Electro-Federation Canada (EFC)
August 17
Visit www.electrofed.com

Annual Federation Cup Charity Golf Tournament
Electro-Federation Canada (EFC)
August 29
Visit www.electrofed.com

Canadian Electrical Code 2006 Essentials
Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
September 6–7, Mississauga, Ont.
September 25–26, Winnipeg
Visit learningcentre.csa.ca

Design, Installation & Maintenance of Electrical Equipment in Hazardous Locations
Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
September 11–12, Mississauga, Ont.
September 27–28, Winnipeg
Visit learningcentre.csa.ca

Canadian Electrical Code and Provincial Amendments
Les Stoch (L. Stoch and Associates) for Dalhousie University
September 13-14, St. John's
Call Sheila Gallagher at (800) 565-1179 or Les Stoch at (905) 828-2262

Grounding & Bonding of Electrical Equipment
Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
September 13, Mississauga, Ont.
Visit learningcentre.csa.ca

Communications Systems & EMI
Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
September 14, Mississauga, Ont.

Static Grounding: One Spark, One Chancev
Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
September 15, Mississauga, Ont.
Visit learningcentre.csa.ca

NEC/CEC: A Comparison of Requirements
Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
September 20–21, Mississauga, Ont.
Visit learningcentre.csa.ca

Canadian Airports National Electrical Workshop (CANEW)
Canadian Airports Electrical Association (CAEA) and the Ottawa International Airport Authority
September 25–29
Visit www.canew.ca

Sustainable Lighting Solutions Workshop
Sylvania Lightpoint® Course
September 25–26
Mississauga, Ont.
Visit www.sylvania.com

Arc Flash: Measures for Prevention and Control
Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and Schneider Electric
September 28, Mississauga, Ont.
Visit learningcentre.csa.ca

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The subject of labour relations is vast and varied, and one could go on about the relationship between employers and employees for days. Writer Nigel Hesseltine explores the nuances of labour relations in the electrical industry as he tries to figure how well (or how poorly) we’re taking care of one another. Specifically, he finds out what successful ECs across Canada are doing to both attract new employees and retain existing talent.

And don’t forget, your August issue looks at some of the newest market offerings in the way of wiring and wire management, such as: Appleton conduit outlet bodies, covers and gaskets; Cooper Bussmann power distribution blocks; Ideal direct burial wire connector; Thomas & Betts wiring duct; and Legrand thru-wall fittings. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. All this and more in your August Electrical Business.

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