ESFI Tackles Common Workplace Electrical Hazards

18 ProfessionalSafety AUGUST 2016

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ESFI Tackles Common Workplace Electrical Hazards

Electrical Safety Foundation Inter- national (ESFI) is raising awareness to educate the public on electrical safety hazards to reduce the number of electrical-related fires, fatalities, injuries and property loss.

This year, ESFI released the third edition of its National Electrical Safety Month publication, Elec- trical Safety Illus- trated. The issue, titled “At Home and at Work: Make Electrical Safety Every- one’s Priority,” aims to inform readers about the common electri- cal hazards present at home and in the workplace.

OSHA estimates that approximately 187 people die of electrical-related incidents each year. While electrical hazards are not the leading cause of on-the-job injuries and fatalities, they are disproportionately fatal and costly. For every 13 electrical injuries, one worker dies. According to Consumer

Product Safety Commission, each workplace death costs the U.S. econo- my $5 million.

Electrical Safety Illustrated features content for workers including an in- fographic highlighting the importance of the Test Before You Touch pro- cess and an infographic outlining the

proper lockout/ tagout proce- dure. Additional content on home electrical safety includes graphics illustrating the warning signs that indicate when a home electrical system could be over-

loaded; avoiding hazards associated with the misuse of extension cords; and arc-fault circuit interrupters, residential technology that can help prevent home electrical fires before they can start. Find more information including re- sources for children, homeowners and older adults at

Managing Millennials: Business Owners Radio Interview With Bruce Tulgan

Business Owners Radio sat down with Bruce Tulgan, leadership and management expert, to discuss his book Not Everyone Gets a Tro- phy: How to Manage the Millenni- als. Tulgan shares insight from his book and breaks down a practical framework for engaging, develop- ing and retaining the new generation of employees. The culmination of more than 2 decades of research, the updated edition expands the discussion to include the second- wave Millennials, also known as Generation Z, and explores ways in which these methods and tactics are becoming increasingly critical. Visit to listen to the podcast.

Final Rule for Drones Aims to Spur Job Growth, Advance Scientific Research

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has created the first operational rule for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) weighing less than 55 lb that conduct nonhobbyist operations. FAA reports the regulations will create new innovations safely, spark job growth and help advance scientific research.

The final rule requires pilots to keep an unmanned aircraft within visual line of sight, operate during daylight and only operate during twilight if the drone has anticol- lision lights. The rule also addresses operational restric- tions such as height and speed. Additionally, flights over unprotected people who are not directly participating in the drone operation are prohibited.

“With this new rule, we are taking a careful and deliber- ate approach that balances the need to deploy this new technology with FAA’s mission to protect public safety,” says FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “But this is just our first step. We’re already working on additional rules that will expand the range of operations.”

Additional specifics to the rule include: •Operator must be at least 16 years old. •Operator must have a remote pilot certificate with a

small UAS rating or be directly supervised by someone who has one.

•Operator is responsible for ensuring the drone is safe before flying.

FAA says that while the new rule does not specifically address privacy issues in the use of drones, the agency is “acting to address privacy considerations in this area.”

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