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Wednesday
May252011

ERMCO Hosts MICCS Safety Forum and Leads Presentation on NFPA 70e Regulations

For many years , ERMCO, Inc. has actively participated in the Metro Indianapolis Coalition for Construction Safety, Inc. (MICCS), the premier association in the U.S. for promoting jobsite safety. MICCS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving zero injury on construction and facilities maintenance job sites.  The more than 280 members of MICCS represent every segment of the construction industry, including union and merit shop construction companies, users of construction services ("owners"), design professionals and construction-affiliated organizations and companies who provide all types of services to the construction industry. ERMCO Vice President, Greg Gossett, serves on the Board of Directors and is currently the Treasurer of MICCS. J.D. Kyle, ERMCO’s Director of Health and Safety, serves on the Safety Directors Council. Both Greg and J.D. also serve on multiple MICCS Committees.

As a part of ERMCO’s commitment to MICCS, ERMCO is the official host of the monthly MICCS Safety Directors Forum. These events draw the Safety Directors and top safety personnel from many of the member companies together to learn about specific current topics of importance concerning safety.  It also provides a common point for the exchange of ideas between the most qualified safety managers in Indiana.  On Wednesday, May 25th, ERMCO took an additional leadership role by not only hosting the Safety Directors Forum, but by also providing the presentation.  ERMCO’s J. D. Kyle was the guest presenter and the topic was "NFPA 70E from a Contractor's Perspective." His presentation covered NFPA 70 E Regulation Updates, Selection of Proper PPE and Understanding Arc Flash Calculations.  Over 35 safety leaders from throughout the industry were in attendance.

The purpose of the program was to provide an understanding of The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) issued safety guidelines for employees who deal with electricity in the workplace. These guidelines are intended to reduce the risk of serious injury on the job. Anyone who works with electrical equipment and conductors is required to know and follow NFPA safety regulations. Since these regulations, which are known as 70E guidelines, frequently change to keep pace with new developments in the electrical business, MICCS feels it is important for its members to take a refresher course every time the NFPA issues changes to the 70E guidelines. Both companies and individuals in management positions can be subject to stiff fines and penalties if they are found to be non-compliant with current NFPA safety regulations. Most importantly, severe injuries and fatalities can be devastating to everyone involved. By making this program available, MICCS and ERMCO hope to provide the appropriate knowledge to the industry that will prevent these accidents from occurring.

ERMCO is proud to be an integral part of the MICCS and will continue to help promote its mission and programs in the future. For more information about MICCS, visit http://www.miccs.org/.