Update on NFPA 70-E 2016:
Is YOUR Facility Risking Fines or an Electrical Disaster?
The most effective and foolproof way to eliminate the risk of electrical shock or arc flash is to simply de-energize the equipment. But, in some cases, turning off the power is just not possible. Understanding arc flash and its potential hazards, calculating risk, knowing the importance of labeling, and the proper use of PPE can maintain the effective use of live electrical equipment and parts.
Essentially, OSHA and NFPA requirements should be followed to develop and implement an effective electrical safety program—and ultimately save lives. A number of OSHA standards are cited in relation to arc flash hazards.
The NFPA 70E national consensus standard is a comprehensive standard that contains detailed information on how to protect workers from arc flashes. Employers must consider and adopt NFPA 70E when employees work on an electrical system.
NFPA 70E is not an OSHA requirement. But that does not matter. OSHA requires employers to protect employees from electrical hazards, including arc flash. OSHA issues citations based on the requirements of NFPA 70E through existing Agency regulations.
New standards are in effect for 2016. Compliance with the spirit of “29 CFR 1910 Subpart S” is more than a "simple arc flash study". Understanding the components to compliance and ensuring a safer and more productive work place is essential for your company to avoid a costly fine or endangering your employees.
Join theFacility Manager Association of New Mexico at 7 am on Wednesday, May 18th, 2016, at Garduno’s Uptown Restaurant to hear important news on the updated mandates for 2016. Speaker Brock Darnell with Eaton Electrical Engineering and Systems will provide important information on the changes in the push towards compliance with these mandates.
Reservations are always required. Go online to www.fmanm.com and click on the RSVP tab on the home page to register and pay online. FIRST TIME FACILITY MANAGERS ARE ALWAYS FREE. Members pay $30.00; non-members pay $35.00.
Calling All Golf Gangsters:
See You at the Golf Organizational Meeting
Friday, May 6th at The Hotel Cascada
Ask anyone who has been there: the Facility Manager Association of New Mexico throws the BEST GOLF TOURNAMENT in the state. Sign up now to be part of our success for 2016!
The annual tournament will be played this year at the Isleta Eagle Championship Golf Course on Friday, July 22ndh, but the pre-planning for the scholarship fund-raising extravaganza starts NOW. Folks are already signing up to help make this tournament another success. These smart folks will receive the FMANM database and add it to their own to make their golf calls.
Don’t be left out! Email email@example.com or call 505-377-5309 to attend the Golf Gang Organizational Meeting at noon on Friday, May 6th, at the Altitudes Restaurant in the Hotel Cascada. Help us raise money for future facility managers and get more involved with FMANM in the process. Can’t be there in person? Email me to be included anyway.
Poker Run Fundrasier a Success
Despite Mother Nature
Hardy souls braved a typical New Mexico springtime weather surprise to raise money for scholarships at the University of New Mexico and Central New Mexico Community College at the2nd Annual Poker Run and Car & Bike Show, sponsored by the Facility Manager Association of New Mexico. Riders and drivers travelled from The Hotel Cascada to Nusenda, RE Michel Company, Relevant Solutions, Cort Furniture, Voss Lighting, and Thunderbird Harley Davidson to draw scores for the chance to win best hand.
Live music by Fat Katz, food and drink specials, and the car and bike show trophy awards wrapped up the festivities. A diverse crowd supported the event, which added money to the scholarship funds for students entering into the mechanical trades. “See you next year!” commented Bob Schumaker who coordinated the event on behalf of the hotel
This month you will receive a phone call or an email from a member of the Facility Manager Association of New Mexico’s “Golf Gang” asking you to pledge your support for our 6th Annual Scholarship Fundraising Golf Tournament, held again this year at the beautiful Isleta Eagle Championship Golf Course on Friday, July 22nd, 2015, with an 9 am tee time.
Because we know times are still tough and everyone has only so much “fun money” to allocate, MARK JULY 22 on your calendar today. Ask anyone who has attended this event: it is one of the most smoothly run, door prize-laden tournaments you will ever play in. Last year, 139 golfers were not wrong! We hope to meet or exceed that number this year. It is always the party of the summer for facility managers and their supporters.
Remember that this fundraiser is our primary means of funding for the scholarships which FMANM supports at the University of New Mexico and at the Central New Mexico Community College. CNM has been underscored in recent year because the tradesmen and women trained there are the very people who are the facility managers of the future, the technicians we need to hire right now, and in general, the people who will manage our infrastructure into the coming years.
With money tight, it is more important than EVER that these ambitious students, both young and old, receive the monetary help they need to finish their educations and enter our work force with the qualifications that we desperately need.
YOU can help. Please visit www.fmanm.com and register your intention to play a foursome, sponsor the event at the Gold, Silver, or Platinum level, purchase the Hole in One, buy a hole sponsorship, or just donate a nice door prize. Now is the time to help the people who help us!
ONLINE PAYMENT IS AVAILABLE! REGISTER TODAY.
Mary Archuleta with Relevant Solutions has been involved in HVAC and building controls for 25 years and has experienced everything from the demanding Sandia Laboratories contracts to the world-wide reach of Johnson Controls. In her own words, "I love the importance of the mission that the Facility Manager Association promotes, helping students with technical scholarships join our community. Just being a part of this team that brings this to our community through education and also the fun activities that FMA supports---golf, baseball, the October trade show—is an amazing opportunity for me. I hope to be able to introduce many of my customers to this exciting group and look forward to contributing to this team which has already accomplished so much good!
Kellie Gleaton with StaffingSolutions/ResourceMFG is a 2013 graduate of the University of New Mexico. She has volunteered at the FMA golf tournament for the last 5 years and has assisted at the annual FAB O&M Show for as long. She is as a staff performance manager for her company and works onsite for one of the Albuquerque's biggest manufacturing clients where she over sees recruitment, onboarding, payroll and employee relations for contract employees. "I look forward to encouraging other facility managers to take advantage of membership in FMA for their own professional development, as well for the opportunity along the way to help add money to the scholarships at UNM and CNM which are so very important."
Attention Healthcare Facility Managers
Or Any FM who Needs Compliance Training:
Here is a Resource
The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) Hazardous Waste Bureau conducts hazardous waste inspections at hospitals, pharmacies, as well as other types of facilities. They offer their services to conduct free training concerning managing hazardous waste at hospitals and pharmacies. Having recently conducted inspections at several hospitals, they have found the majority of them to be out of compliance. Their aim to provide this training to large audiences spreads the information more quickly than individually inspecting each hospital/pharmacy.
But beyond healthcare, NMED believes they might be able to target some training for other diverse and various types of facilities. Compliance assistance is a key component in their program and keeping facilities in compliance makes the job a lot easier.
Need more information to start this discussion? Contact Janine Kraemer, CHMM, Hazardous Waste Supervisor for the New Mexico Environment Department, 2905 Rodeo Park Drive East, Building 1,Santa Fe NM 87505 office 505-476-4372, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org or connect with Facility Manager Association’s vice president, Tom Plummer with the Indian Health Services at email@example.com