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NEMA Guide addresses electrical equipment maintenance safety.

Press Release Summary:

Feb 27, 2009 - NEMA has published NEMA SG 10-2008 Guide to OSHA and NFPA 70E Safety Requirements when Servicing and Maintaining Medium-Voltage Switchgear and Circuit Breakers Rated Above 1,000 Volts. Guide emphasizes basic principles and guidance for safety for switchgear assemblies that may contain but are not limited to devices such as power circuit breakers, interrupter switches, selector switches, power fuses, controls, instrumentation, metering, and other protective equipment.

National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) - Rosslyn, VA

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NEMA Publishes NEMA SG 10-2008 Guide to OSHA and NFPA 70E Safety Requirements when Servicing and Maintaining Medium-Voltage Switchgear and Circuit Breakers Rated Above 1000 Volts

Press release date: Jan 12, 2009

ROSSLYN, Va., January 12, 2009-The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published NEMA SG 10-2008 Guide to OSHA and NFPA 70E Safety Requirements when Servicing and Maintaining Medium-Voltage Switchgear and Circuit Breakers Rated above 1000 Volts.

According to Carl Schneider, chairman of the Switchgear Section of the Power Equipment Division that produced the standard, it emphasizes the basic principles and guidance for safety for switchgear assemblies that may contain but are not limited to devices such as power circuit breakers, interrupter switches, selector switches, power fuses, controls, instrumentation, metering, and other protective equipment. SG 10 covers important safety standards established by Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

"Working on or around electrical equipment is potentially dangerous, and accidents in the course of maintaining and servicing electrical equipment can lead to death or other serious injury," Schneider said. "This guide is based on the versions of OSHA and NFPA standards in effect at the time this publication was prepared. Its purpose is to alert operating and maintenance personnel who service and maintain switchgear assemblies to the federally required safety procedures."

The contents and scope of SG 10-2008 may be viewed, and a hard or electronic copy purchased for $48, by visiting NEMA's Web site at www.nema.org/stds/sg10.cfm or by contacting IHS at 800-854-7179 (within the U.S.), 303-397-7956 (international), 303-397-2740 (fax), or on the Web at global.ihs.com.

NEMA is the trade association of choice for the electrical manufacturing industry. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., its approximately 450 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end-use of electricity. These products are used in utility, medical imaging, industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential applications. Domestic production of electrical products sold worldwide exceeds $120 billion. In addition to its headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia, NEMA also has offices in Beijing and Mexico City.

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