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Free Program Includes Video, Application Notes and Guidelines for Measurement Tools

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 employ...


September 1, 2004
By MRO Magazine

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 through the Fluke Canada website (www.flukecanada.ca), is based on safety guidelines from the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), Canadian Safety Association (CSA), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and other safety regulators.

In just one example of industrial hazards, 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, the Fluke electrical measurement safety program includes a 25-minute safety video showing the experience of an electrician almost killed by arc flash, a Test Tool Post-Test to help determine whether test tools meet today’s safety standards, an interview with an arc blast survivor, a guide to conducting a safety audit of test tools and equipment, and safety application notes. The latter section covers 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.

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