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LBWCC has new arc flash suits

LBW Community College’s Industrial Electronics Program now has two new arc flash suits purchased to implement Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) arc flash safety standards.  The suits will be used in the Motor Controls course.

“Arc flashes are caused from electrical equipment shortages, whether from being damaged or incorrectly wired,” said Allen Teel, program instructor.

“When there is an electrical short and components explode, the equivalent would be like a stick of dynamite exploding. These suits prevent injury from flying objects and fire.”

“Students can now experience what it is like to work in these protective suits, which are required for employees of businesses such as PowerSouth and Shaw when working on live circuits.”

Burning is the most lethal electrical injury, said Teel, with arc flashes typically causing a large fireball and flying debris. The suits provide students the opportunity to experience and understand the physical restrictions caused by the suits, such as the effects on peripheral vision and finger dexterity with hands enclosed in large protective gloves.

“These suits better prepare our students for the workforce, thus making their skills more marketable to business and industry,” said Teel.

For more information on LBWCC’s Industrial Electronics Program, call 334-493-5388.

Photo:  LBW Community College industrial electronics students J.L. Wallace, left, and Toby Blair, both of Opp, work on live circuits in new arc flash suits.

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Lurleen B. Wallace Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges or SACSCOC to award the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science degrees and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lurleen B. Wallace Community College.