Chapter Corner

IEC Keeps Safety at the Forefront

Posted in: Editor's Column, May/June 2014

Safety is an easy topic to talk about and set as a top priority. However, it’s the times when an employee is on the job and in the heat of the moment that they must draw upon their previous training to ensure safe work practices. For this reason, we can never do too much promotion about workplace safety.

Safety continues to have precedence within the IEC network. For example, at Mid-South IEC’s Electrical & Low Voltage Tradeshow, they are offering safety training as a key component of the tradeshow. Also, IEC Chesapeake’s recent Second Annual Safety Fest offered 20 safety courses and was completely sold out with more than 120 attendees.

These are just two recent examples of IEC chapters prioritizing safe work habits and offering classes and training to their members. Throughout the year, many chapters put on OSHA classes, provide weekly safety tips, teach proper personal protective equipment (PPE) usage to apprentices, and much more.

At IEC National we are in the middle of our celebration of National Electrical Safety Month. All May we will be releasing new Toolbox Talks (in partnership with CNA Insurance), unveiling new safety videos, giving discounts on our popular Jobsite Safety Handbook, and more.

At the core of Electrical Safety Month is this issue of Insights. Annually, we do a safety edition of the magazine, and I believe this to be our best to date. The articles are informative and instructional and touch on many different topics from the National Electrical Code® to the financial costs of accidents to Global Harmonization Standards.

As you read through this issue, think of ways you can apply some of the practices to your job. We can all work together to ensure the electrical industry is well prepared for the hazards that are ever-present.

For more information on IEC celebrating National Electrical Safety Month, visit www.ieci.org. IEC will also be regularly posting in May about safety on our social media sites so stay connected with IEC National by “liking” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/IEC.National, joining our group on LinkedIn, and “following” IEC National (@IEC_National) on Twitter.