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ULC develops S801-10 Canadian standard on electric utility workplace electrical safety


ULC Standards just published CAN/ULC S801-10 “Standard for Electric Utility Workplace Electrical Safety for Generation, Transmission and Distribution”. The standard applies to workers who deal with the construction, operation, maintenance and replacement of electric utility systems that are used to generate, transform, transmit, distribute and deliver electrical power or energy to consumer services or their equivalents.

Without proper safety precautions, live working (high voltage) may present potential safety risks to workers and the general public, says ULC, adding there are more than 600 electrical-related accidents a year in Canada. CAN/ULC S801-10 gives electric utilities a foundation for safe working environments for their employees, says ULC, providing a complete safety guide addressing numerous electric utility workplace safety concerns, such as:

• Fundamental requirements
• Minimum approach distances for working near or on energized electrical lines or equipment
• Protective tools, equipment and devices
• Working on energized electrical lines and equipment
• Arc flash protection
• Radio frequency hazards
• Working on isolated electric utility systems
• Working near electric utility systems

The development of this standard was supported through the funding of the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA).

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