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Free program includes video, application notes, and guidelines for measurement tools and procedures

Mississauga, ON -- A multi-part safety information program aimed at reducing hazards for people who measure electri...

Health & Safety

August 31, 2004
By MRO Magazine

Mississauga, ON — A multi-part safety information program aimed at reducing hazards for people who measure electrical energy has been launched by Fluke Electronics Canada, Mississauga, Ont. Another goal of the program is to help reduce risk and liability for employers where electrical measurements take place.

The program, available free of charge through the Fluke Canada website (, is based on safety guidelines from the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), Canadian Safety Association (CSA), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and other safety regulators.

Industry sources estimate that between five and 10 times a day in the United States and Canada, arc flash explosions take place that are sufficient to send a burn victim to a special burn centre. Voltage transients common in electrical systems can damage or destroy measurement tools and can trigger an arc flash during the measurement process.

Available on CD — one free copy is available for each user — the Fluke electrical measurement safety program includes:


Safety Video — This 25-minute video includes the experience of an electrician almost killed by arc flash and dramatizes the hazards of electrical measurement and explains the precautions that help defend against the arc flash.

Test Tool Post-Test — This quick test helps electrical professionals determine whether the test tools they are using meet today’s safety standards.

Interview with an Arc Blast Survivor — This electrician was lucky. He survived an arc blast and he’s back on the job, though his recovery required months of painful skin grafts. Hear what happened, and what he learned.

Does Your Meter Measure Up? — The only way to know for sure is by conducting a safety audit of your test tools and equipment. Here’s how.

Safety Application Notes — Each of these brief notes is designed to serve as the basis of a safety meeting discussion or as a chapter in the electrical safety reference library. They cover such topics as 10 Dumb Things Smart People Do When Testing Electricity, ABCs of Electrical Measurement Safety, Differences in Voltage Testers Can Be Shocking, Are Your Test Tools Safety-Ready? and Don’t Risk CAT IV Areas Without the Right Leads.

To order the free Fluke Electrical Measurement Safety package, go to The package is also available on DVD or video tape for a $30 charge.

Fluke Electronics Canada, a subsidiary of Fluke Corporation, Everett, Washington, is headquartered in Mississauga, Ont., with offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa and Montreal. Fluke markets compact, professional electronic test tools used by technical professionals in a variety of industries.