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Electrical safety month The National Electrical Safety Foundation has proclaimed May as "Electrical Safety Month." The following is an excerpt from their web site. View the entire list of safety considerations at The following list of safety reminders is a brief compilation of generally accepted practices and should be adapted or modified to address the unique asp...


Electrical safety month

The National Electrical Safety Foundation has proclaimed May as "Electrical Safety Month." The following is an excerpt from their web site. View the entire list of safety considerations at .

The following list of safety reminders is a brief compilation of generally accepted practices and should be adapted or modified to address the unique aspects of your working environment, your company policies, and local and/or state and Federal codes. The intent of this list is to stimulate your thinking on what are the important electrical safety considerations for the people in your workplace.

Electrical safety principles When planning and performing work on electrical systems and equipment, keep these principles in mind:

  • Plan every job

  • Think about what could go wrong

  • Use the right tools for the job

  • Use procedures, drawings, and other documents as tools to do the job

  • Isolate the equipment from energy sources

  • Identify the electrical shock and arc flash, as well as other hazards that may be present

  • Minimize the hazard by guarding or establishing approach limitations

  • Test every circuit and every conductor, every time before you touch

  • Use personal protective equipment (PPE) as a last line of defense in case something goes wrong

  • Be sure you are properly trained and qualified for the job.

    • Upcoming events

      Powder & Bulk Solids Conference/Exposition: The global center for dry processing and bulk material handling. Conference: May 7-11, 2001; exhibition: May 8-10, 2001; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL. Conference fees vary. For more information, call 800-354-4003, or visit the show's web site at .

      Facilities America 2001: This important educational conference from the Association for Facilities Engineering provides the expertise and networking necessary for today's plant engineer. Educational workshops are offered for regulatory issues, business management, and more. Conference and expo: Sept. 24%%MDASSML%%28, 2001, Tropicana hotel, Las Vegas, NV. For information on registration and fees, contact Tonia Lee at 513- 489-2473; e-mail .

      National Safety Council's (NSC) Congress & Expo 2001: The nation's largest annual safety, health, and environmental convention. Conference and expo: Sept. 21-28, 2001; Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA. For additional information, contact the Council's Customer Service Department at 1-800-621-7619; e-mail: ; web site: . Early bird registration fees are available for those who register before June 15, 2001.


      The web site for Kaeser Compressors, Inc., was listed incorrectly on p 59 of the March 2001 issue. The company's web site is .

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Annual Salary Survey

Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

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