Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

Heat Stroke PreventionElectricians tend to work everywhere and anywhere, exposing themselves to countless possible hazards, never mind the actual dangers associated with electricity. Often overlooked is heat stress, a danger that is – make no mistake -- a serious, life-threatening one. And it can be found anywhere: outdoors (naturally), but also in foundries, smelters, chemical plants, bakeries, and, let’s not forget mines. 

We broke down the Ministry of Labour’s advice on the subject: 

The Basics

1.You’re Responsible: Under clause 25(2)(h) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, employers are responsible to take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of a worker. That means developing policies and procedures to protect your employees in hot environments. 

2.Heat stress can happen to anybody. Young, old, fit or unfit.

3.Some basic physiology here, but it’s worth repeating: Your body is always producing heat and passing it onto your surroundings. And the hotter your surroundings, the harder your body has to work to lose that heat. 

Heat Stress and When to Get out of the Kitchen

Heat stress has a few different forms, and sometimes the signs can be hard to spot. Along with fainting and vomiting, here are a few other things to keep an eye on. 

4.Heat Rash: this occurs in a hot, humid environment or plugged sweat glands. and is marked by a red bumpy rash with severe itching. A change of clothes is necessary for treatment, along with washing the affected area. 

5.Heat Cramps: Heavy sweating from physical activity drains your body of fluid and salt, causing a salt imbalance. Usually you’ll feel this in the most used muscles, like your legs, arms or stomach. That salt imbalance can’t be fixed by only drinking water. You need salted water or a drink with electrolytes in it, like Gatorade. Heat cramps can also be a warning sign of…

6.Heat Stroke. There are two types of heat stroke. The first is when, like above, your body has used up its water and salt reserves, causing sweating to stop and your body to overheat. The second type is exertion heat stroke, typically found in younger workers who have been pushing their body for too long in a hot environment. If the person is weak or complains of a headache and/or begins acting confused, chances are they have heat stroke. Be on the watch for excessive sweating, too. In either case, get the person to a cool place, loosen their clothes, give them water to drink and pour water on their body. (Pro Tip: the wrists, under the arms, the back of the neck, and the groin are the best areas to pour water on to lower temperature quickly.) Don’t leave them alone and call for medical assistance if necessary. 

Don’t be a Hero

If you’re not used to working in hot environments, or have employees who are new to working in hot conditions or generally inexperienced, it’s best to take it easy for the first few days to let your body adjust. 

7.It’s recommended that inexperienced people spend 20 percent of their first shift in hot working conditions, then increase that by 20 percent each subsequent shift. By day five, the inexperienced should be acclimatized to the heat. 

8.For experienced workers, it’s advised to spend 50 percent of the first shift in hot conditions, 60 percent on the second and 80 on the third. The fourth day you’ll be ready to work a full shift. 

We Have the Technology

Workplace controls can be implemented. There are engineering solutions, administrative controls and protective gear can be provided. 

9.The physical demand of certain duties can be decreased through mechanical assistance, like hoists and lift-tables. 

10.Heat can be controlled at its source by using insulated and reflective barriers. 

11.If you can reduce the ambient humidity and temperature by cooling the air, or by…

12.Providing cool, shaded areas.

13.Employers should have monitoring strategies in place for hot days or workplaces. 

14.The frequency and length of breaks can be increased.

15.The more strenuous jobs can be moved to cooler parts of the day, like early morning or late evening. 

16.Always have cool drinking water on hand. 

17.Pregnant workers or employees on medication should be advised to consult with their doctor. 

18.Protective clothing, or light clothing, should be worn. 

19.Train employees on heat stress signs, and stress the importance of keeping an eye on each other as people with heat stroke tend not to recognize the signs. 

20.If the heat is processed from a mechanical source, like smelters, furnaces or bakeries, the Ministry of Labour advises employers follow the guidance of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH). You can purchase documentation from them here.    [http://www.acgih.org/]

21.Finally, do not underestimate heat stress. For more information, visit Health Canada here.

 

Five Tips to Find Time for Field Service Marketing

SimProTime is a precious resource that we all want more of. And if you own a field service business or work for one, you undoubtedly know how hard it is to find time for everything you need to accomplish in a workday, let alone a week, a quarter, or a year.

Like many of us, you do your best to check every item off of the to-do list during working hours while inevitably pushing lower priority items off to another day. And often, marketing your field service business is one of those things that easily falls to the wayside after being pushed back for more urgent matters.

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Government of CanadaThe federal governemnt has officially launched a call for proposals (CFP) for the Zero-Emission Vehicle Awareness Initiative (ZEVAI). The initiative’s 2022 CFP will help fund new and innovative projects that aim to increase awareness and knowledge of ZEVs and charging and refueling infrastructure thereby increasing public confidence in these vehicles and their economic and environmental benefits.


Natural Resources Canada will provide funding through non-repayable contributions of between 50 and 75 percent of the total eligible project costs, with a maximum funding of up to $300,000 per project. The CFP will close on August 18, 2022.

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Omnicable joins ETIMETIM North America announced that OmniCable has joined the product classification standards organization. Headquartered in West Chester, PA, OmniCable has 24 locations throughout North America, and also owns Houston Wire & Cable (HWC). The company partners with many electrical manufacturers and only sells to distributors.

According to John Dean, Director of Marketing & E-Commerce, OmniCable/HWC, “The wire and cable industry is often called commodities, but there are very distinct features and attributes for the different products our manufacturers produce. 

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Atkore United Poly SystemsAtkore Inc. announced that it has acquired United Poly Systems, a manufacturer of High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) pressure pipe and conduit, primarily serving telecom, water infrastructure, renewables, and energy markets.

“We are pleased to complete the acquisition of United Poly Systems, which strengthens Atkore’s product portfolio, expands our manufacturing capacity and further enables us to meet HDPE customers’ needs,” stated John Pregenzer, President of Atkore’s Electrical business. “HDPE pipe and conduit is a growing market that is expected to benefit from U.S. infrastructure legislation, and United Poly Systems is a great addition to Atkore. We welcome these employees and look forward to working together to continue to serve and support our customers.”

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Canadian Electrical Contractor Discussion Group: Can You Count the Deficiencies?

EIN CECD 400Have you ever been called to fix the work of a 'handyman'?

"Was supposedly done by a"certified ' electrician....told the homeowner that he got a $266 permit....no record at TSBC. Can you count the deficiencies?"

"There is a second panel change in the triplex also.......even more deficiencies. Think the guy was a glorified handyman. Ones not obvious: 240 BB heat hooked up 120....drier on 2p20....range on 2p50....water heater fed with 2c14 Bx on 2p15."

Go HERE to join the discussion

 


 

The Canadian Electrical Code for safer electrical installations

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For over 90 years, the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I (CSA C22.1:21), has helped ensure the safety of electrical installations and protection of electrical workers. Its 2021 edition brought 200+ additions and updates that address energy storage systems, climate change adaptation, hazardous locations, and other important topics. To help users better understand and apply the Code, CSA Group developed additional resources and training.

Learn more about available Code packages and resources

 


 



 

Iron+EarthThe RenuWell Project partners are excited to announce the groundbreaking of two pilot sites located near Taber, Alberta. These pilot sites are the first of their kind to repurpose inactive oil and gas infrastructure as a foundation for renewable energy development and job creation.

When operating, the solar projects will generate 2,030 MWh annually – enough electricity to power 280 average Alberta households or irrigate 11,700 acres of farmland for an average year. This is roughly equivalent to $200,000 in electricity sales per year with 1,100  tCO2e savings in GHG emissions. Over a 25-year lifespan, the projects will generate 50,750 MWh, with GHG emission savings of 28,420 tCO2e.

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David O'ReillyBy Elle Bremmer

Recently, I had the pleasure of sitting down with David O’Reilly, Vice President Home & Distribution and Secure Power Divisions with Schneider Electric Canada for a discussion regarding the Wiser EnergyTM smart home solution, the Wiser Approved training program, and his thoughts on several different subjects, including sustainability and future technologies currently in the works at Schneider Electric. David has been with the company for five and a half years in his role.

We recently published a study (version en français ICI) from Schneider Electric showing a strong interest from Canadians in smart home technology. 

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Intermatic Pool and Spa SolutionIntermatic Incorporated announced its new P40000 Series Load Centers, a set of next-generation panels for pool-only applications, as well as its new PE24GVA 24-Volt Valve Actuator, an easy-to-install valve actuator that allows for tool-free cam adjustments. Both solutions remove obstacles for pool service professionals while delivering lasting performance.

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Klein Tools Zipper BagsKlein Tools introduces new Stand-up Zipper Bags, in a 2-Pack with 7-Inch and 14-Inch sizes, both designed to handle tough jobsite conditions and stand up so tools and small parts can be easily accessed when working.

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To help safeguard employees from electrocution, Emerson has launched its Appleton™ Powertite™ Lock Collar, a device that fastens over plug and connector connections and is secured with a padlock, preventing unauthorized personal from disconnecting the cable connection once in place. 

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