The history of the NFPA goes back more than 120 years, founded in 1896 with the mission “To help save lives and reduce loss with information, knowledge, and passion.” The NFPA delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering their mission. Current NFPA membership totals more than 50,000 individuals around the world.
While most are familiar with the NFPA through their publications, many have assumed that the NFPA was a government organization, but in fact, the NFPA is a nonprofit organization. Which means any of its recognized publications, including the well-known “NFPA 70 National Electrical Code, “is not enforceable by law until it is adopted in part or whole by a jurisdictional government such as states. Most states in the US have done precisely this since it was first published in 1896, so it is a common misconception that it is a governmental document.
The same can be said for the NFPA70e as it is also a best practice standard but not itself enforceable by law. In the 70E’s case, however, another agency has adopted it as their standard as their go to, OSHA. OSHA refers to and uses the 70E standard as a guideline to safe electrical work and specifically Arc Flash.
Stay tuned for safety tips throughout May for electrical safety month!
Recently, Thompson Automation & Specialty Services participated as an exhibitor, in the National GEAPS (Grain Elevator and Processing Society) Expo in Kansas City, MO. More than 3000 people from all aspects of the grain industry attended the 3 day event.
Mike Pendergast (Thompson Automation and Specialty Services) and Rob Costello (Thompson Electric) handled the booth duties promoting arc flash awareness, infrared thermal imaging and electrical safety for grain elevators. Thompson Automation and Specialty Services is using these national expos to create awareness of the dangers of electrical hazards in grain handling facilities. As a result, owners and operators of grain facilities, are now realizing the dangers of electricity and the need for arc flash risk assessments, electrical surveys and training for their employees.
The interest generated by our presence at the GEAPS Expo, and the follow up from our contacts made at the Expo, emphasizes the growing interest in electrical safety and the need for Thompson Automation and Specialty Services to stay active in the grain industry.
It’s been a very busy time at Thompson Electric this summer. There have been a lot of new hires, new offices and new business units for Thompson Electric.
First, we have hired a lot of very talented people to fill some existing positions and also for new positions. The new positions are Human Resources – TEC Corp, General Manager – Thompson Specialty Services, Office Administrator – Thompson Specialty Services, Administrator Coordinator – Thompson Electric in Sioux City and a new Assistant Service Manager in Sioux Falls and Omaha.
Thompson Electric in Omaha moved into their new office location over Memorial Day and are still getting settled in, while Thompson Electric in Sioux Falls has purchased a new building with the anticipation of moving sometime in September.
Also, we officially started Thompson Specialty Services as its own business unit. TSS will service and develop new business with arc flash, infrared thermal imaging, preventive maintenance, solar energy and many other opportunities that are being worked on and developed.
Finally, all three offices are extremely busy with work. So, you can see it has been a busy summer at Thompson Electric and looking ahead, the future looks just as busy.
What is Thompson Specialty Services? Thompson Specialty Services was created to be the brand for Thompson Electric’s Infrared Thermal Imaging, Arc Flash Analysis and Electrical Preventive Maintenance programs. We wanted to create a separate identity to promote these special services offered by Thompson Electric.
About a month ago, Thompson Electric, hired Gary Kelly to be our full time Infrared Thermographer. Gary is a certified Thermographer and is responsible for the Infrared Thermal Imaging program, from finding the opportunities to taking the infrared scans and preparing the reports. Infrared technology captures the energy (heat) emitted by an electrical devise to identify potential problems.
The Arc Flash Analysis program is a team effort with Pat Smith and Gary Kelly. Pat and Gary work together on marketing, making presentations, to preparing the Arc Flash Analysis report for existing or new clients. What the Arc Flash program does is to create the safety requirements and the proper personal protection equipment needed to open electrical cabinets or switchgear.
The leadership of Thompson Electric is looking to expand our existing Electrical Preventive Maintenance program to all existing clients as well as new clients. This program provides clients with preventive maintenance on all of their electrical equipment including the checking of breakers to the cleaning of all electrical cabinets and gear.
These three services, Infrared Thermal Imaging, Arc Flash Analysis and Electrical Preventive Maintenance, provide our clients with valuable information. All of these services coincide together, thus Thompson Specialty Services was established.