Avoid electrocution and reduce downtime — Schneider Electric’s panelboard barriers allow work on energized equipment

by Brianna Crandall — September 6, 2017 — Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management and automation, recently introduced Fingersafe IP2X per IEC 60529 Barriers for NQ Lighting and Appliance Panelboards. Designed with service professionals’ safety in mind, Fingersafe plastic barriers, which cover main lugs or main and branch breakers, prevent workers from touching electrical parts, reducing the risk of accidental contact with energized components that can cause electrical shock.

Closeup of Fingersafe plastic barrier

Fingersafe plastic barriers cover main lugs or main and branch breakers, preventing workers from touching electrical parts.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics cites electrocution as one of the top four causes of construction industry deaths. Exposure to electricity kills more than 150 U.S. workers annually, adds Schneider Electric. Fingersafe IP2X barriers are designed to prevent people from accessing hazardous parts with a finger, and provide improved protection from accidental contact when working on energized equipment.

The optional barriers are said to increase electrical workers’ ability to comply with OSHA CFR 1910.333(a)(1), and make main breakers compliant with UL 67 2017 Service Entrance standards.

Keith Stager, senior offer manager, Schneider Electric, pointed out:

Critical infrastructure systems at hospitals, data centers and many manufacturing facilities require 24/7 power. Driving innovation at every level, our new Fingersafe IP2X barriers reduce the risks of servicing panelboards that feed critical systems in those situations when they must be energized. We’re excited to offer the latest in safety and protection solutions to help our customers lessen the risk of working with electrified equipment.

View of panelboard with Fingersafe barrier

Fingersafe plastic barriers reduce the risk of accidental contact with energized components that can cause electrical shock.

The barriers are designed to enable 24/7 panelboard servicing while critical equipment remains energized, and thus to reduce system downtime.

Fingersafe IP2X barriers are now available as a factory-installed option in Square D brand NQ Panelboards.