Q: I read with great interest your post describing the greatest rejuvenation safety risks.
It is clear that injection is much safer than replacement and that the steps Novinium has taken to make rejuvenation safer still are substantial and impressive, but what can be done to mitigate the risk of electrical contact? Do you have any rules or insights from which I may learn?
A: When it comes to safety we share all of our best practices with anyone that would like to learn.
The very first Novinium Value is Safety. It states:
“Safety is our first priority. We provide an ever–improving safe work environment for our team members, our customers, and the public.”
The greatest safety risk we face is electrical contact. We can be safe from all known electrical hazards if we follow the 10 Commitments of Electrical Safety. If you ignore one or more of these commitments, you are not welcome on our team because you will endanger your life and the lives of others.
Before the 10 Commitments are revealed to us we should understand the following defined terms:
- 100% of the team including any visitors must repeat a facsimile of a proposed switching action and state that they concur that it is safe to proceed with the proposed switching action.
- When more than a single individual is at a location, one individual can speak for all present, if the spokesperson makes eye contact with the others and receives an acknowledgement from each.
- The spokesperson must indicate by name the concurring team members and visitors.
- Failing to obtain an Affirmative Acknowledgement means STOP.
- Non-affirmative acknowledgements include silence, requests for clarification, the word “Stop” or any other word/phrase with a similar meaning. (e.g., hold on, stand-by, give me a moment.).
- Properly tested and dated gloves with a rating that exceeds the greater of:
- The phase-to-phase operating voltage of the equipment to which you are exposed.
- Customer standards or requirements.
Cables or equipment where line voltage is known to be present.
Cables or equipment believed to be de-energized whether or not grounded, which may become energized by the action of others, equipment failure, or other reasons.
Potentially Energized Injection Equipment
Any injection equipment that is physically connected to any energized or potentially energized electrical cable or equipment. This includes but is not limited to:
- (a) Dielectric tubing which is connected to live-front or dead-front components.
- (b) Feed or vacuum bottles connected to tubing in (a).
- (c) Vacuum pump connected to a vacuum bottle in (b).
A visibly grounded cable’s contiguous and unburied length can be seen to the point where the conductor is grounded.