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

Department:  ESFI  
Type:  Announcements  

Pittsburgh, PA — 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


“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? 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




About WESCO:

WESCO International, Inc. (NYSE: WCC), a publicly traded Fortune 500 holding company headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a leading provider of electrical, industrial, and communications maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) and original equipment manufacturers (OEM) product, construction materials, and advanced supply chain management and logistic services.  2012 annual sales were approximately $6.6 billion. The Company employs approximately 9,000 people, maintains relationships with over 18,000 suppliers, and serves over 65,000 active customers worldwide. Customers include commercial and industrial businesses, contractors, government agencies, institutions, telecommunications providers and utilities.  WESCO operates nine fully automated distribution centers and approximately 475 full-service branches in North America and international markets, providing a local presence for customers and a global network to serve multi-location businesses and multi-national corporations.


About ESFI:

The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is a 501(c) (3) organization dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety in the home, school, and workplace. ESFI proudly sponsors National Electrical Safety Month each May, and engages in public education campaigns throughout the year to prevent electrical fires, injuries, and fatalities.