June 6, 2019 – To commemorate June as National Electricity Month, Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) has launched an electrical safety campaign, which promotes the use of arc-fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) breakers and receptacles to prevent electrical fires.
June 5, 2019 – Health Canada, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) and Generation Brands have issued a joint recall for small Stratton pendant light fixtures, due to risk of injury. Specifically, the products’ glass pendant can detach, posing an impact hazard.
May 30, 2019 - A new global survey on facility electrical safety finds most respondents consider arc-flash mitigation a priority in their workplace, but fewer have completed risk assessments to identify hazardous areas, leaving workers exposed to dangerous conditions.
May 3, 2019 – Model P03615 portable generators manufactured by Firman Power Equipment have been recalled due to the risk of a gas leak, which poses a potential hazard of toxicity and flammability.
April 15, 2019 – A provincial court in Orangeville, Ont., has ordered Alexander Bonello, operating as Btek Renewable Energy Products from nearby Tottenham, to pay a $10,000 fine and a $2,500 victim surcharge for work he conducted without an electrical contractor’s licence and for failing to apply for an inspection.
February 28, 2019 - Hamilton’s Provincial Offences Court has convicted Leonard Sankar, owner and operator of MJ Construction, for conducting unsafe electrical work without the necessary licence across Southern Ontario.
June 17, 2019 - The two most evident electrical hazards in a workplace, i.e. shock and arc flash, can be extremely dangerous to people, infrastructure, profits and business concerns. As such, there are moral, social and economic costs involved, to varying degrees, with the consequences of a significant electrical incident in the workplace.
February 13, 2019 - Not long ago, artificial intelligence (AI) was far too technically unconventional for most of us to foresee how it could influence the world in practical and pragmatic ways. Now, however, the future of AI has truly arrived.
September 25, 2018 — The 2019 Electrical Safety Workshop (ESW) will be held in Jacksonville, Fla., from Mar. 4 to 8, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverside. Mark your calendar now to save those dates, talk to your manager and get this item into your 2019 budget proposals.
June 20, 2018 — What I call the Super Bowl of Electrical Safety — but is officially known as the IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Workshop — was recently held in Ft. Worth, Texas, welcoming over 550 people from 15 different countries.
February 26, 2018 — The new CSA Z462-2018 “Workplace electrical safety” was released to the public in the second week of January. CSA Group’s announcement regarding the 4th edition highlighted a number of revisions, but one of the most powerful and best changes is the requirement to perform and document job safety planning.
October 6, 2017 — Having covered risk assessment procedures (RAPs) for shock & arc flash (i.e. PPE category method) in previous editions, the last RAP to cover in CSA Z462-15 “Workplace electrical safety” is the arc flash incident energy analysis method.
July 17, 2019 – Health Canada, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC) and Bodum jointly posted a recall today for stainless steel two- and four-slice toasters that can leak electric current when operating at the maximum normal temperature, posing a shock hazard to users.
July 10, 2019 – In an expansion of a recall from November 23, 2018, Health Canada has now issued a new public safety recall for Mastercraft five-gallon. 1.5-hp air compressors distributed by Canadian Tire. The devices’ regulator knob may break off under pressure, leading to a component failure and injury to users.
June 12, 2019 – Amazon, Health Canada and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have issued a joint recall for AmazonBasics 1,500-W ceramic space heaters that can overheat, posing a burn and fire hazard, potentially leading to injury or property damage.
June 7, 2019 – Apple, Health Canada and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have jointly recalled three-prong AC wall plug adapters—included in Apple’s ‘world travel adapter kit’—that can break, posing a risk of electric shock if exposed metal parts are touched.
April 15, 2019 – Honda Canada has recalled its EU2200i portable generator, as its manual fuel valve can leak gasoline, posing a fire and burn hazard.
April 11, 2019 – Health Canada has announced recalls for a variety of electrical heaters due to fire hazards, including products manufactured by Ouellet (examples pictured), Electrimart, Global Commander, Stelpro Design, Uniwatt, Chromalox, Centurion, Electromode, Westcan and Dimplex.
June 14, 2018 — UL has identified ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) that bear counterfeit UL Marks for Canada and the U.S.
April 27, 2018 — Intertek has issued a warning that the permanently-connected, utility interactive, three-phase inverter/combiner box, model 869R020 .100 AE_3TL-20_6, may pose a fire hazard. Certification of these products was terminated in 2015.
February 2, 2018 - A manufacturing facility in China has lost 1000 UL holographic labels, which are genuine and will pass all security detection analysis, but are not authorized by UL to be affixed to any product.
December 11, 2017 — UL has identified an unauthorized UL Mark on FSL LED lamps.
September 6, 2017 - “Smart Electrician” receptacle-type ground fault circuit interrupters Model GLX-15ATR by Huizhou Faith Electric Manufacture bear unauthorized Intertek Certification Marks for Canada and the States.
August 30, 2017 - CSA Group is warning the public of the unauthorized use of CSA Group Certification Marks on wiring that has been noted as a component on various products, mainly arriving from China.
July 16, 2019 – Safeguard Equipment’s Compass voltage and current detector, originally as large as a laptop computer, is now the size of a stick of gum and can be attached to a hard hat (example pictured), essentially becoming personal protective equipment (PPE).
May 28, 2019 – CBS ArcSafe has introduced the RRS-3 LK, a single-application remote racking solution (RRS) to allow technicians to remotely install and remove ABB/BBC/ITE Type LK air circuit breakers from a safe distance of up to 300 ft away, stationed outside the arc-flash boundary.
February 28, 2019 – The RSA-224 is CBS ArcSafe’s latest remote switch actuator, designed for use with the Eaton/Cutler-Hammer Pow-R-Way line of 100 to 200-A busway systems.
November 21, 2018 – Leviton has achieved an Underwriters Laboratories (UL) listing for its 250-V tamper-resistant power receptacles, which are designed to meet Canadian and U.S. safety requirements.
September 19, 2018 - CBS ArcSafe has introduced its latest remote switch actuator (RSA) for Eaton's Series G - LG frame moulded case circuit breakers (MCCBs). Dubbed RSA-230B, the portable device allows technicians to remotely close or trip the circuit breaker from up to 300 feet away, while stationed safely outside the arc-flash boundary.
August 28, 2018 — Cementex recently released the updated UltraLite series of arc flash PPE task wear, available in 11- and 12-cal/cm2 and 40 cal/cm2. The UltraLite features a standard colour gray, which reflects sunlight for heat reduction in outdoor applications and allows for easier identification of contamination, as well as any dirt or debris that may compromise the garments’ safety.
EFC Atlantic Region Golf Tournament
August 8, 2019
IES Annual Conference
August 8-10, 2019
NETCO Annual Training Conference
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