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#INWED22 Inventor or Innovator: Era Shah

Happy #INWED22!

For this interview we contacted Era Shah, a CEng MICE, WES Top 50 2021, and chartered civil engineer with experience in complex high-profile rail projects. For those in the UK, have you rode the new Elizabeth Line yet? Era here supported the development!

In celebration of International Women in Engineering 2022 #ImagineTheFuture we wanted to interview inspiring senior women that are trail blazing in our industry with a plan to discuss their innovations and projects to inspire younger female engineers/apprentices of this generation, celebrate their achievements and promote overall inclusivity.

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#INWED22 Inventor or Innovator: Debbie Janson

In celebration of International Women in Engineering 2022 #ImagineTheFuture we wanted to interview inspiring senior women that are trail blazing in our industry with a plan to discuss their innovations and projects to inspire younger female engineers/apprentices of this generation, celebrate their achievements and promote overall inclusivity.

For this interview we contacted Debbie Janson, CEng, MIMechE, WES Top 50 2021, Senior Lecturer and Research Engineer with a focus on womens PPE and footwear.

Arc Flash Warning Labels

Arc Flash Warning Labels

Also sometimes referred to as electrical equipment hazard labels or arc flash stickers, arc flash warning labels provide workers with important information relating to voltages or about the potential of an electrical explosion occurring.

These labels give an indication as to the level of PPE and arc flash clothing that needs to be worn in order to stay safe whilst working on or near a particular piece of equipment.
Arc Flash Jacket and Trousers Worn by a Man

What are Arc Flash Clothes made of?

There are currently three different types of Arc rated flame resistant (FR) fabrics available on the market - treated inherently FR fabrics, inherently FR fabrics, and treated non-inherently FR fabrics. This is what the majority of protective arc flash clothes are made of.

Our commitment to 100% Inherent fabrics

Our commitment to 100% Inherent fabrics

Unlike those fabrics that have been specially treated, inherent fabrics do not have to undergo any type of process in order to make them flame resistant and are instead composed of fibres that are already innately flame resistant. 

These properties cannot be diminished through use or laundering, meaning that the product will remain effective and wearable for as long as the user requires it.

Arc Flash Clothing Test

How is Arc Flash Clothing Rated?

Across many different industries personal protective equipment (PPE) is considered to be the last line of defense, and the difference between a near miss and serious, even fatal, injury. Depending on the situation, employers are required to provide their workers with a minimum level of PPE to ensure they remain safe at all times. 

In order to make sure that the right type of PPE is issued to staff, it is important to understand the different Arc Flash PPE categories and the clothing requirements for each one of them.

Understanding Arc Flash PPE Layering

Understand Arc Flash PPE Layering

By combining two or more Arc Flash garments into a layered system, it works to achieve a higher level of protection, performance, and comfort for the wearer. Additionally, layering up PPE can also greatly increase the total Arc Thermal Protective Value (ATPV) to a level greater than the sum of the individual garments.

Caring For and Washing Arc Flash + FR Clothing

Caring for and washing Arc Flash & FR Clothing

In order for Arc Flash PPE to function correctly, it requires careful and regular maintenance, so that it keeps all of its protective qualities and works to save you from harm in the event of an electrical explosion.

By taking good care of your PPE, you’re ensuring that it takes good care of you. Maintaining Arc Flash PPE is actually pretty straightforward – all it needs is to be regularly checked for damage, tracked for how long it’s been in use, and kept clean.

How Often Should I Replace my Arc Flash PPE?

How often should I replace my Arc Flash PPE?

Where an item of PPE becomes damaged or begins to show significant signs of wear, it should be removed from service immediately and either repaired or replaced. Regularly inspecting the PPE for signs of damage, such as rips, tears and snags, helps to ensure workers stay safe and eliminates any potential entry points in the event of an Arc Flash.
The Correct Way To Wear Arc Flash PPE

The correct way to wear your Arc Flash PPE

Some engineers may think that as long as they’re wearing the correct level of arc-rated PPE, they are protected from being injured in the event of an Arc Flash occurring, but that is not always true. How a worker wears their PPE and what it’s worn with can affect the integrity of it dramatically.

The Innovative Way To Protect Workers From Electrical Risk

The Innovative Way To Protect Workers From Electrical Risk

Thousands of workers across the globe suffer electrical contact injuries each year, with millions more exposed to this danger on a daily basis. These incidents cost millions in insurance pay-outs and even more in lost operations. As it currently stands, there are no always-on, connected, ambient devices that detect electricity. Instead, workers have to follow lockout procedures and rely on processes to de-energize. However...

Why The Unisex Approach To PPE Doesn’t Work

Why The Unisex Approach To PPE Doesn’t Work

Despite more women than ever joining the construction and energy industries, it still remains that 71% of PPE is designed for men to wear / use. Because of this, fewer than 10% of women working in the energy sector and just 17% in construction wear / use PPE that was specifically designed for the female body.
Electrical Safety in Wind Turbines

Electrical Safety in Wind Turbines

Safety in and around a Wind Turbine Generator is exacerbated for the following reasons: 

  • The remoteness of most turbines to medical facilities means that any accident that may require hospitalisation can quickly turn catastrophic due to the time taken from the time of accident/injury to the time of receiving professional medical assistance.
  • The confined space. Within most wind turbines, the electro-mechanical parts of a wind turbine generator are typically in very confined spaces, further compounded by multiple people being in an area at one time and exit routes often tricky to negotiate. In the event of any incident, the path of escape/exit is not straight forward.
Arc Flash Risk in Electric Metering

The Arc Flash Risk in Electric Metering

There are millions of electricity meters across each country around the world. The quality of these meters vary from very modern installations to very old assets which are deteriorating.

One important fact:  there are certain activities undertaken by a meter operator that can only be conducted ‘live and it’s important if you are responsible for people working with electricity and gas meters for that matter of the inherent arc flash risks.

Mental Health Awareness Month: The unspoken effects of an Arc Flash

Mental Health Awareness Month: The unspoken effects of an Arc Flash

Anyone who has worked within the electrical services industry will be well aware of the physical dangers of an arc flash incident – around 40% are fatal. However, very few of these same workers are aware that a consequence of experiencing an electrical explosion is post-traumatic stress and even depression / anxiety.

Featured in this is a list of charities and support groups who focus on supplying engineers and construction workers with the advice, training and more. 

BREXIT Impact on UK PPE Compliance

BREXIT Impact on UK PPE Compliance

We have compiled this Expert Advice Sheet to provide those purchasing PPE with the information that they will need now that the UK has left the EU and the transition period finished on December 31st, 2020.

We guide you through changes in Regulations, the standards, and assessment bodies and provide an overview of the introduction of the new UKCA marking.

Yasmin Ali | International Women's Day 2021

Yasmin Ali | International Women's Day 2021

Our second interview for International Women's Day 2021 with Energy Innovation Project Manager, Yasmin Ali at Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Learn more on Yasmin's story, current projects and future initiatives.
Gill Nowell | International Women's Day 2021

Gill Nowell | International Women's Day 2021

To celebrate International Women’s Day we’ve interviewed data-driven innovation expert at ElectraLink and Director of Electric Vehicle Association (EVA) England, Gill Nowell. Selected as one of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) Top 50 Women in Engineering in 2020, she’s a regular speaker and panelist on electric vehicles and data-driven transition to net zero.
Recycling Workwear for a better world

Recycling Workwear for a better world

Dedicated to its corporate and social responsibility of reducing the company’s carbon footprint, SKANWEAR is constantly looking to develop innovative sustainable solutions in order to minimize its impact on the environment. One such initiative that enables the company to take steps towards achieving this aim is their newly introduced Garment Recycling Scheme.

Think with your senses – Head, Hand, Face Protection

Think with your senses – Head, Hand, Face Protection

Because of the extreme heat experienced in an arc flash, it impacts upon your entire body and everything you need to wear. For this reason it is important to ensure that all areas of your body are covered with both arc rated clothing and personal protective equipment (PPE) that will protect you from the heat energy.
Do I need Arc Flash Protection?

Do I need Arc Flash Protection?

If your company employs workers that operate on or near to electrical sources, then it is a requirement to have a comprehensive understanding of the NFPA 70E regulations. Within Article 110 of these regulations, the general safety requirements for working with electricity are detailed. Read on to understand whether you are required to wear Arc Flash Protection.
Fiona's Interview: Celebrating International Women in Engineering Day 2020

Fiona's Interview: Celebrating International Women in Engineering Day 2020

This week’s spotlight interview is with Fiona Downie, Technical Field Advisor for Controls at FieldCore. Thank you to Fiona for such an honest and motivational story. Showing that taking advantage of all kinds of influences outside of traditional education can spark that early interest and idea of a career in a STEM industry and how important raising awareness of these possibilities is, to encourage everyone, not only females, to consider engineering as an exciting future career. "At the end of the day you can’t be what you don’t know about or can’t see in everyday life."
Sharon's Story: Celebrating International Women in Engineering

Sharon's Story: Celebrating International Women in Engineering

We hope you enjoy this weeks interview with Sharon Incerti, Cable Development Project Manager at WSP, a lady who pushed for what she wanted right from the start of her career during a very different looking industry in the UK during the 1980s. 

Sharon relishes the mentorship she can give others to achieve their full potential and after interviewing Linsey for last weeks spotlight, the warmth and appreciation for her Industry career mentor Sharon was so apparent. A big thank you to Sharon for such a great message and words of advice. 

Linsey's Story: Celebrating International Women in Engineering Day 2020

Linsey's Story: Celebrating International Women in Engineering Day 2020

The second interview in our series to celebrate #INWED2020 shines the spotlight on Linsey, Project & Development Engineer for Wootton and Wootton. 

A big thank you to Linsey for sharing such a fascinating journey to her current role in a smaller size business, with such a wide remit. Fantastic words of advice and also shows how important female mentors and role models are for inspiring and guiding future female generations “We can do anything a man can do…”

Sandie's Story: Celebrating International Women in Engineering Day 2020

Sandie's Story: Celebrating International Women in Engineering Day 2020

The first in our Series of interviews celebrating International Women in Engineering Day 2020 featuring our female colleagues in engineering is with Sandie Jones, IAMA Field Service Engineer at ABB UK.

For anyone considering an engineering pathway, a great piece of advice from Sandie: “grasp all of the Education that you can that is on offer with both hands – the key to success is Education”.

5 Arc Flash Risks for Solar Industry Personnel

5 Arc Flash Risks for Solar Industry Personnel

The risk is so pronounced within the Solar Industry due to the DC circuits found within typical PV installations, which can both generate and sustain arcs. DC circuits present a greater challenge than AC circuits due to the constant-current source rather than constant voltage, which makes calculating arc energies difficult.

So just what are some of the biggest Arc Flash risks for Solar Industry Personnel?

Arc Flash Safety Procedures

Arc Flash Safety Procedures

If you’re already familiar with what an Arc Flash is and what type of training, you might need to have in order to protect yourself from it the next thing you might be wondering is if there are any specifically related to Arc flash Safety Procedures.

In this article I’ll be going over the top 2 Arc Flash Safety procedures that you need to know in order to protect yourself and your team from Arc Flash.

Arc Flash Training

An Introduction to Arc Flash Training

Arc flash training is made up of all the practical skills and knowledge one would need to navigate safely through various workplace electrical hazards. Topics could range from a 120 volt lighting circuit, to a 2300 volt starter, all the way to a 138 kilovolt transmission line.
What is Arc Flash PPE?

What is Arc Flash PPE?

In our last article we discussed what an arc flash really is and why you don’t want to be exposed to one, but we didn’t really talk about how to protect ourselves from one.

This week we go into detail on a particular segments which could save your life during an Arc Flash Event, Arc Flash PPE.

Arc Flash Blast/Explosion

What causes an Arc Flash?

When working on or near electrical equipment you need to become familiar with the hazards associated with that particular work. You may already have a good understanding of shock hazard but what about arc flash?
Personal Protective Grounding for Worker Safety

Personal Protective Grounding for Electrical Safety

In an industrial setting, personal protective grounding is something that can be easily overlooked. It is also something that is widely misunderstood.

In fact, in most places temporary protective ground cables are not even thought of as PPE, but that is exactly what they are! Notice the title refers to personal protective grounding, well you are the person and it’s for that very reason you need to understand these next few concepts.