The following is a guest blog from Jack Rubinger, Industrial Copywriter/Safety Specialist:
Pairing Arc Flash Warning Labels and arc flash boundary software provides a robust safeguard from dangerous arc flash explosions for facility mechanics, electricians and other staff who may work near or with breakers, MCCs, switchboards, transformers, drive cabinets and other electrical devices. And, in fact, electrical shock and arc flash warning labels are required by NEC Section 110.16 and NFPA 70E-2009 130.3(C).
DuraLabel printers work with ETAP® software to quickly and conveniently print labels two ways — die-cut labels or two-color vinyl tapes. Each is designed to provide the necessary flexibility to meet your facility’s safety standards.
Die-cut labels come with two OSHA/ANSI complaint signal words — the popular red “DANGER“ label or the orange “WARNING” label. Both are available with or without a template box. Large format size labels – up to 9” tall and 13” wide – are helpful when workers need to read labels from a distance or under low visibility conditions.
Labels eliminate guesswork about personal protection equipment (PPE), work well in bi-lingual workplaces and can be successfully applied both indoors and outdoors.
Some say that a DANGER label should be used when the incident energy exposure is greater than 40 cal/cm sq. Others say that DANGER labels never should be used for arc flash because an arc flash is rare, and ANSI code only calls for a DANGER label when the hazard will result in death or serious injury.
There is nothing in the NFPA or ANSI code that answers this question.
Here are some questions to ask yourself: If you are using both warning and danger arc flash labels, what is the difference? When is a danger label used instead of a warning label? If you are using just warning labels for arc flash, is this consistent with how labels are used throughout your facility and how should workers respond? Whatever approach you take, establishing a standard, sticking to it, and training people to understand that standard are essential for ensuring a safe workplace.
What do you think? Should WARNING labels be used in all cases? Are there instances in which as DANGER label should be used?