Post Webinar Questions
This is the perfect time for questions. And so John Busselmaier has been monitoring the questions for me. So, John, if you have any, now is the time.
John: Yeah, of course, the first question we always get is, "Is the presentation going to be available?" Again, as I mentioned earlier, yes, of course, it will be. You'll receive an email thanking you for attending this webinar at the conclusion. So please just answer, respond to that email with a request of the webinar presentation, and I'll be sure to get that out to you. But, Bob, we actually haven't had anybody submit a question. So if you do have a question, please go to the control panel there, on the bottom, where it says Questions, and type in your question. And we'll hang out for a little bit here to answer any of those, to make sure that you guys get those answered. But so far, we haven't had any submitted.
Bob: So, also, I'll mention this that you can see my email address up there, so I do answer a lot of questions, you know, after the webinar is over. So that will also be no problem. But this edition of 70E will certainly impact us, especially doing risk assessments and also having to do maybe some understanding of our workers and their abilities, being able to recognize overcurrent devices and the clearing times. So this edition of 70E certainly will impact us. And I hope that you all get your copy when it comes out on September 25th from the NFPA, and you can look at it and give me any type of feedback that you might, you know, want more information on. It's completely up to you.
John: Bob, we do have a question now. Someone's asking where they can purchase the new NFPA 70E books.
Bob: Okay, so that's a great question. And you're going to have to go to nfpa.org, so that is the NFPA's website. You go there, and you just type in their search box "2018 NFPA 70E." It will come right up. If you do that today, then they're going to give you the opportunity of prepaying for the document. But it's not going to be available to be downloaded until September 25th. You can actually have it in a PDF format. If you want the hard copy of the book, I think you're going to have to wait about two or three weeks after the PDF is released. So, you know, if you want the hard copy, you're going to have to wait just a bit.
John: Bob, I think you answered this question already, but what date is the 2018 Edition effective on?
Bob: Okay, so that's a great question. And here's what happens with all NFPA documents, is that the month that they are released in, they will become effective at the end of that month. So we're going to get ours on September 25th. It will become effective on October 1st. They don't give us much time, so all those documents they're just built that way. And that's one of the slides that I'm going to have in my presentation when I do the online course on October 13th. I will actually have that slide in there as soon as I get the PDF, will be very accurate about that. But it's generally the end of the... You know, it comes fast. So I'll give you a good idea. In 2015, they released it in July. Well, that thing was effective, you know, at the end of July, so we don't get much time, that's for sure. Now, the National Electrical Code is a little bit different, because states adopt that, and states can adopt really any portion of that book or all of it. They can even not adopt it if they don't want. But with 70E, because it's enforced by OSHA, it becomes effective almost immediately or so.
John: Bob, one of our attendees is asking where they can find more information on the absence of voltage tester.
Bob: Okay, so that can be found at any of the manufacturers. The slide that I showed, Panduit had theirs. Fluke, of course, has them now. So if you go to the manufacturer of meters, and then you can go ahead and get that specific information from the manufacturer themselves. But what I did is, when I saw this come up in 70E, I just typed in, "Absence of voltage testers," and I got that picture that I showed you. But every manufacturer has them right now. Whoever you normally get your meters from, I would go to them and say, "Hey, you know, show me that new product that is on the market today."
John: The next question is about PPE, Bob, and it states, "Why don't fire-rated clothing have test dates or expiration dates?"
Bob: Okay, so that's a great question. So, first, I want to mention this, that no longer electrical workers can wear FR clothing, so fire-rated clothing went out about two cycles ago with 70E. They now have to be arc-rated. So they have to have a label on there that tells us the rating of the clothing in calories per centimeter squared. If there is a rating on that clothing in calories per centimeter squared, then we do know it's arc rated. And it could also be FR, flame resistant, it could be both, but it is definitely going to be arc rated. And then, if you go to the manufacturer's instructions on how to launder them, they are going to give you an idea of how many cycles of laundering that that equipment can withstand. And, of course, we have to make sure that we are using the proper detergent, that we are using also the right temperature of the water and drying the clothing in the correct way. But if we follow those recommendations that the manufacturer gives us, they will also tell us that it's good for 55 launderings, so it's good for 150 launderings, depending on the fabric that was used. So I know Nomex you can launder a lot longer, because it's just tougher clothing. If you go with Endura, which is treated cotton, you're not going to launder that one as much, because it's more lightweight.
John: Okay. And this next question is actually right along those same lines, "If leather protective gloves are not required, does that have to be stated on the arc flash label?"
Bob: No. That's going to be with our risk assessment. So if our risk assessment, as we complete that, gives us an indication that there's no chance inside that piece of equipment that my glove could receive a cut or be torn, then I can go ahead and not put the leather protectors on. That does not have to be on the label. It can be on the label, we can put additional information on that label, but the label really is required to only have three bits of information on it, the voltage, the arc flash boundary, and either the incident energy or the PPE category, depending on what method that I used.
John: All right, and that's all the questions that we have, Bob. So, with that, I'll let you wrap it up.
Bob: Okay. Well, I want to thank everybody for attending. And if you have additional questions, you see my email right there, and I will certainly get back to you. We have other webinars that we have uploaded on YouTube, so, if you search for this one, you'll probably see some about the National Electrical Code, and, you name it, boilers we have on there. So just want to let you know that TPC Trainco is here to help. We can, hopefully, take care of all your training needs, and we can also give you any help that you might need with electrical safety programs, with any type of consultation you need. You just email that address that you see right there, and we'll get you to the right person. Thank you so much for attending today.