WESCO International and ESFI Bring National Electrical Safety Month to the Workplace

May is National Electrical Safety Month and WESCO International is doing its part to raise awareness about the workplace electrical safety hazards that claim the lives of more than 350 workers each year. WESCO’s Electrical Safety Guide, produced in collaboration with the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), is a comprehensive collection of case studies, definitions, and examples to help its customers protect themselves against the top electrical hazards in the workplace.

“Most workplace electrical fatalities and injuries can be avoided by following proper safety procedures such as lockout/tagout, de-energizing and wearing correct personal protective equipment,” said Steve Van Oss, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for WESCO. “WESCO prides itself on being a total solution provider, and our Electrical Safety Guide is the latest example of our comprehensive portfolio of safety and security solutions to ensure that those who work around electricity go home safely at the end of each work day.”

The 28-page Electrical Safety Guide includes listings of safety products and solutions along with electrical safety tips to maintain the safety of electrical workers in the field. The guide, which will be distributed to WESCO employees, suppliers and customers, is available on the company’s website at www.WESCO.com.

“We applaud WESCO for making the safety of its employees and professional network a foremost priority though the creation of this valuable resource,” said Brett Brenner, President of ESFI. “Safety is the most important issue for anyone who works on or around energized equipment, and we are thankful for WESCO’s ongoing support to help us fulfill our mission of reducing electrically related deaths, injuries and property losses.”

To further promote National Electrical Safety Month, WESCO plans to include CD copies of ESFI’s How Do You Know?, a workplace safety program, with its Electrical Safety Guide. Sponsored by WESCO, How Do You Know? provides information for managers and employees to develop a proactive approach to electrical safety. The groundbreaking program features the Electrical Safety Self-Assessment to help safety professionals review and analyze their company’s electrical safety practices related to facilities, personnel, and procedures. A complementary video series that reinforces the importance of electrical safety programs and compliance with standards and regulations is included.

For more information on National Electrical Safety Month, visit www.esfi.org/NESM.

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