What are Examples of Engineering Controls?

When looking at the hierarchy of controls, you will see that engineering controls are the middle (or third) option. To put it simply, engineering controls are when people (or equipment) are physically separated from the hazard.  One of the simplest examples of this would be when a machine’s motion creates a location where someone would … Read more

What Does IAQ Stand For?

IAQ stands for Indoor Air Quality. It is a concept that is used to determine how pure the air is in and around buildings and other structures. This is an especially important topic for facilities that use any type of hazardous chemicals or have work that is done in confined spaces. When air is not … Read more

What is an ESO?

The acronym ESO stands for European Standardization Organizations. There are currently three committees that hold this title in Europe and those are: CEN – The European Committee for Standardization, or Comité Européen de Normilisation as the acronym is intended, prioritizes the health of the European Single Market and global trading while also providing the necessary … Read more

What is the European Standard EN 50110?

The 50110 European electrical standard, ratified by the three ESOs in Europe, covers all general requirements for electrical activity that deal with working on, with, or near electrical installations at varying different levels of voltages. To put it simply, the standard essentially goes over all aspects of safety and installation when electrical risks are present … Read more

What is the NEN 3140 Standard?

The NEN 3140 Operation of Electrical Installations – Low Voltage standard is a Dutch standard that works in tandem with EN 50110. Bundled together, both the NEN 3140 and NEN-EN 50110 standards are referred to as “Operation of electrical installations 1998” and cover both low voltage and high voltage working conditions. Overall, NEN 3140 covers … Read more

What is the difference between NFPA 70E and EN 50110?

The differences between the United State’s NFPA 70E standard and Europe’s EN 50110 standard are enough to warrant a comparison of the two. The following are a handful of significant differences between the two electrical safety standards: Training requirements and personnel responsibilities NFPA 70E – There are two different classifications of personnel described in this … Read more

What is NIST?

NIST stands for the National Institute of Standards and Technology, it was founded in 1901 by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The National Institute of Standards and Technology aims to promote innovation and industrial competitiveness within the United States through measurement science, standards, and other technology. To do this, NIST activity is broken up into … Read more

What does HVAC stand for?

HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. These are essential components in any sort of industry as they not only provide comfort to the employer, employees, and visitors, but they also mediate the indoor air quality (IAQ). Without proper attention, the IAQ conditions can become dangerous due to poor ventilation of things such as … Read more

What does ISO stand for?

ISO, the International Organization for Standardization, is an independent non-government affiliated standard setting entity founded in February of 1947. There are three different membership opportunities attainable in this standard setting organization. The first and most influential position is the “Full member” who participates and votes in ISO policy meetings. Currently there are 164 full members … Read more