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FIELD

WITH EVALUATION

COMMON PROBLEMS

PROJECTS

&

ELECTRICAL

WORKPLACE

INCIDENTS

TOP

SAFETY

RECALLS

CUTTING

EDGE

TECHNOLOGY

NEWS

October 2016

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Top Product Safety

Recalls

TUSA Recalls Diving

Computers

Sherwood Marketing

Recalls 3 Squares Rice

and Slow Cookers

COMMON PROBLEMS WITH FIELD EVALUATION

PROJECTS

There is a consensus among testing laboratories for common problems with Field

Evaluated equipment. Although these particular percentages are from an older

report, they are still surprisingly accurate. UL now uses a version of this report to

summarize problems with Field Evaluated equipment across the US.

1). FIRE HAZARD (68%) - Electrical fire hazard is primarily the result of

improper fusing or overcurrent/overload protection. This can cause wiring,

circuits, electrical components to burn, then fire may then consume the

equipment and spread to other pieces of equipment and the facility.

2). SHOCK HAZARD (70%) - Shock hazards including: Incorrect wire routing,

improper grounding, absence of proper danger/warning markings. Electrical

Shock can result in temporary and permanent injury, or death.

3). DANGER / WARNING MARKINGS ADDED (75%) - These markings are

for the protection of equipment operators and service maintenance personnel,

and the workplace owner. Without these markings, individuals would then be

exposed to shock hazard.

4). IMPROPER GROUNDING (31%) - Many pieces of equipment reviewed had

inadequate or no provisions for grounding. Proper review of the supply ground

and other grounding is the only way to verify the integrity of the overall product.

5). COMPONENT ISSUES (28%) - Many electrical components that make up

a piece of equipment have never been tested by an accredited testing agency.

The safety and reliability of these parts may have never been tested, and their

use could represent risk of shock injury to the operator, and fire hazards.

6). TEST FAILURES (.02%) - The tests performed in the Field Labeling process

are the applicable nondestructive tests from the current Product Safety, UL,

ANSI, or NFPA Standard: When a product passes these tests, this ensures an

established level of safety for the actual tests performed in the field.

7). CONSTRUCTION ISSUES / FAILURES (39%) - Some examples: Inadequate

wire size for the voltage and current, holes in control panels, missing or

incorrect grounding, untested or custom components, plastic enclosures using

material not tested for flammability.

8). MODIFICATIONS TO PASS (42%) - Evaluations can include a concise list of

deficiencies, in plain language, to help the equipment owner comply with the

Safety requirements for electrical equipment in the work place.

9). NO ISSUES (12%) - In some instances, the equipment passes all reviews

and electrical tests. However, these products represent potential hazards, and

must be reviewed to the applicable Standard(s).

10). NOT LABELED (.04%) - When the construction issues and failures are too

numerous to correct, equipment is sometimes discarded or replaced.

UL Warns of Counterfeit

UL Mark on LED Bulbs

Samsung Expands

Recall of Galaxy Note7

Smartphones

Roylco Recalls

Educational Light Cubes

SmartPool Recalls Pool

Alarms

Eaton Recalls 30A

General Duty Switches

Interlogix Recalls to

Inspect Personal Panic

Devices

Northern Cables Inc.

Recalls Two Conductor

#12 AWG AC90 Cable

Cabela’s Recalls Food

Dehydrators

Makita Recalls Circular

Saws

UL Warns of Stolen

Holographic Labels

UL Warns of

Unauthorized UL Marks

on Floor and Table Lamps

Fire/Burn

Hazard

Laceration

Hazard

Counterfeit

Mark

Shock

Hazard

Malfunction

Hazard

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ELECTRICAL

& WORKPLACE

INCIDENTS

Explosion

Reported At Oak

Grove Power Plant

Shiloh, MO

Officers Save

Construction Worker

After

Electrical

Shock

Side-Channel

Attacks Make

Devices

Vulnerable

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Explosion

Reported

At Electrical

Substation In

Georgetown SC

Electrical Fire

Breaks Out At

Naval Hospital

San Diego

Don’t

Swim With Shocks:

Electrical Safety In

And Around Pools,

Spas And

Fire

Hot Tubs

Experts Speak Out

Against Proposed

Changes To Electrical

Code In TN

Blaine WA High

Remains Closed After

‘Significant’

Electrical Blast

Update:

Madison WI East

Side YMCA Closed

Until Its Electrical

System Is

Replaced

Explosion

At Huron Lime Plant

Injures

Electrician

Substation

Explosion Causes

Electrical Fire At

Jefferson County

Courthouse

Subcontractor

That Dug Into

Gas Line Before

Explosion Had Six

OSHA Citations In

Five Years

Power Pole At High

School

Explodes

Man Dies In

Montaplast

Workplace

Accident

RESOURCE LINKS

OSHA

ACCREDITATION

ACCREDITATIONS

SCC

ACCREDITATION

29CFR1910.303A

SUBPART S

ELECTRICAL

OSHA/US DOL BULLETIN:

CERTIFICATION OF

WORKPLACE PRODUCTS

BY NATIONALLY

RECOGNIZED TESTING

LABS

OSHA:

INDUSTRIAL

MACHINERY

IS ELECTRICAL

EQUIPMENT

FEDERAL LAWS FOR THE

WORKPLACE

OSHA: ALL

EQUIPMENT MUST BE

NRTL APPROVED

NRTL

PART 1

NRTL

PART 2

29CFR1910.399

DEFINITIONS

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CUTTING

EDGE

TECHNOLOGY

NEWS

T-rays

Will “Speed Up”

Computer Memory

By A Factor Of

1,000

Silkworms Spin

Super-Silk After

Eating Carbon

Nanotubes And

Graphene

ASTRONOMY AND

TECHNOLOGY

ScienceCasts:

Massive Cloud On

Collision Course

With The Milky

Way

New

Dwarf Planet Found

In Our Solar

System

SpaceX

Announces Plan To

Colonize Mars In

The Next Decade

Pluto May Have

A 60 Mile Deep

Liquid Water

Ocean

Electrons In

Graphene Behave

Like Light, Only

Better

The Health

Effects Of

3D Printing

Why The Latest

Windows 10

Cumulative Update

Is Failing And How

You Can Recover

Ray Kurzweil:

We Can Control AI

Before It Controls

Us

Russian

Manufacturer Unveils

Explosion-Proof

Feature Phone

MIT’s New

3D-Printed, Shock-

Absorbent Materials

Make For Resilient

Drones

The Plane

That Runs On

Hydrogen And Emits

Only Water

World’s

First ‘Artificial

Pancreas’ Just

Approved

Physicists Have

Figured Out How To

Create Matter And

Antimatter Using

Light

Shape-shifting

Home Transforms

Throughout The

Year In Response

To Changing

Temperatures

IoT Village

At DEF CON 24

Uncovers Extensive

Security Flaws In

Connected

Devices

Uber Plans Self-

Flying Drone Taxis To

Beat City

Traffic

BIOLOGY AND

TECHNOLOGY

6 Organisms That

Can Survive The

Fallout From A

Nuclear Explosion

This “Wearable

Robot” Helps

Restore People’s

Hand Functions

Siemens

Low Noise Wind

Turbine Blades

Inspired By Silent

Flight Of The

Owl

The Mod-T Is A

Gateway Inot 3D

Printing

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