Dialogue - Spring 2018

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Dialogue A Publication of the Ontario Electrical League Issue 40-1 • Spring 2018


Shock Risk Assessment and the Detailed Warning Label “Electrical Safety Zone”

Editorial Focus: Risk 1 Shock Risk Assessment and the Electrical Safety Zone 1 Acceptable Risk? 3 Message from the Chair 3 Message from the President 6 Bill 148 and Electrical Contractors 8 COR™ Certification and What it Means to Your Company 11 Risk-based Management and ESA 11 Renewing Service Culture at Hydro One 12 2018 Electrical Industry Conference 14 Industrial Security in a Connected Age 15 Changes to Dispute Resolution under the CLA 17 Mental Health in the Workplace 18 Burglary Prevention 19 Members’ News

commercial or industrial facility. With all of the hype and conversation in recent years revolving around “Arc flash,” it is likely due-time that we all start talking about shock, shock hazard and shock risk assessment. Depending on how you break it down, there are about seven steps in Z462-15 for completing a good shock risk assessment. Specific details are in the standard (2015

By: Len Cicero with contributions from Mike Doherty D oes this detailed warning label look familiar? Perhaps you have seen one, or at least one that resembles this in a

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What is Acceptable Risk?

By: Charles Redhead W hat is risk to you? When you invest your money do you take chances on high- yield, high-risk stocks or are you

risks? If you don’t have the appropriate safety equipment do you still work? If you didn’t get the proper training, can you still do the job? If a fellow electrician tells you the power is off, do you still work on the panel? These situations all have varying degrees of risk. Are any of them acceptable to you? Risk is the likelihood a hazard will actually cause an impact or consequence. When examining risk, we look at the impacts a hazard could have, the probability something will actually occur, and the frequency we expose ourselves to the hazard. On your work sites, how do you assess the level of risk which is acceptable? Do you use industry standards, is the green book your

risk adverse and play it safe? Do you buy the extended warrantees on your new appliances or do you risk them breaking down and you having to pay for repairs? Are these risks you would take? When it comes to safety, do you take To ensure delivery, maintain membership! PUBLICATIONS MAILAGREEMENT No. 40032872

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