Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

Jan 15, 2021

EIN Beard SPI 400Half-masks and full-facepiece respirators require an optimal seal to guarantee their effectiveness, and the beard can impede it considerably.

DID YOU KNOW THAT A BEARD’S REGROWTH AS LITTLE AS ONE DAY OLD CAN AFFECT THE MASK’S SEAL IN PLACE?

What does it mean exactly?

Since many masks have been tested on different face types, the results of these tests vary considerably. However, it should be noted that in 100% of cases, after 7 days without shaving, the respiratory protection masks showed a leak of more than 1%. This means that the air inside the mask contained more than 1% of unwanted particles!

Some masks can even let in up to 6% of toxic particles after only four days, with the growth of facial hair increasing the probability of leakage by more than 50% each day.

Also, it has been noted that jobs requiring regular head movement increase the probability that poorly shaved skin will create a leak.

To give an idea of the average frequency of shaving required, the beard should, for a worker on duty, have been shaved no more than 8 hours before the face shield is installed. This will ensure a facial surface with a minimum of irregularity to facilitate the tight and effective installation of the mask.

WHEN DOES IT BECOME DANGEROUS?

The critical thing to remember about your respiratory protection mask is that any breach, no matter how small, can lead to you becoming intoxicated while on duty.

Contaminants can enter your respiratory system in various forms, such as:

  • Gas
  • Vapors
  • Particles

The level of toxicity also varies depending on the contaminant and the general health of the worker. For example, a person with asthma will have a more intense or even severe response to these respiratory exposures to toxic compounds.

TAKING PRECAUTIONS

Since it is not an exact science, it is crucial to do everything possible to limit exposure to volatile contaminants. Requiring a daily facial shave will promote an optimal seal and prevent leakage through the mask.

However, it is important to note that the beard is not the only hairy obstacle that can reduce the effectiveness of respiratory protection masks. In fact, a worker's moustache, sideburns and especially hair can be an obstacle to the effectiveness of the equipment.

Be attentive to these obstructions and make sure that your workers meet respiratory protection standards.

SPI CAN HELP YOU IMPROVE THE USE OF RESPIRATORS IN THE WORKPLACE:

Choose the type of mask that suits your facial structure

Explore their range of high-performance respiratory protection masks quickly by clicking HERE

 Learn more today about our respiratory fit testing offer

Go HERE to get information on our fit testing services in our branches or directly at your workplace.

This article was published with permision of, and was written by SPI

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Salex Announces Promotion of Paul Manson to GTA Sales Manager     

Paul MansonJanuary 26, 2021 – Salex, a facilitator of commercial lighting installations and control systems for Canada’s architectural lighting community, is excited to announce the promotion of Paul Manson to GTA Sales Manager. Paul joined Salex back in 2015, and has over 25 years of invaluable industry experience.

Dedicated to the education and promotion of quality, high-efficiency lighting and controls, Manson’s extensive background in on-site electrical installation, national accounts, relationship building, manufacturers, and sales team management at Philips Lighting, will provide valuable experience to fulfill his new role.

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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

 


 

DimonoffDimonoff and Amotus are proud to announce the merger of their entities under the same banner with the objective of offering a new range of tailor-made IoT products and services. Acquired by Dimonoff in 2018, Amotus has built a custom electronic and software development offering for interconnected solutions.

Composed of engineers and programmers, Amotus has completed more than 100 service projects in 15 countries with invoices ranging from $10,000 to $500,000. 

 

 

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Ron TellasBy Ron Tellas

Disruptive technology alters the way we operate, driving us to improve processes, operations and systems. 

We're always watching for changes that will impact the industry and bring new possibilities to the way our networks and cabling and connectivity infrastructure are designed and deployed. We rounded up a short list of four technology disruptions that Belden is monitoring closely and think you should be, too.

 

 

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Lighting SignifyBy Martin Garner

The Internet of Things (IoT) can help create safer workspaces, and connected lighting systems are uniquely well-placed to form the basis of an IoT infrastructure.

As the world starts to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, building owners, building managers, and office managers all have the urgent task of ensuring that workplaces offer employees a safety net from the virus. It’s not only important to make workspaces safe, but also to make people feel safe.

 

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Intermatic NightFoxNightFox Pro Series Photocontrols offer protection to typical, enhanced, or extreme electrical transients as laid out by ANSI C136.2.

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MaxLite Canless Commercial DownlightMaxLite expands their RCF Series with wattage and CCT selectable models that enable installers to customize light outputs and color temperatures in the field.

The RCF is a labor-saving, all-in-one solution for adding recessed downlighting to hospitality, retail, office, and other commercial lighting applications. The downlight features a built-in driver and integral whip that can be connected directly to a junction box, eliminating the need for a traditional recessed housing. 

 

 

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“It was quite surprising,” said Stephanie Smith of being named EHRC’s Leader of the Year. “Leadership in 2020 has certainly been a challenge for everybody in the world let alone the nuclear industry or the electricity industry.”

An engineer by trade, Smith spent the majority of her career with Ontario Power Generation (OPG). She was the first woman to be certified by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission at the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station where she served as Plant Manager and was recently named the first President and CEO of CANDU Owners Group. Smith is also a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion.

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