MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--G&K Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:GK), a leading provider of uniforms and facility services programs, announced that in recognition of National Electrical Safety Month it will host a free webinar to educate businesses and their employees on the dangers of electric arc flash in the workplace. The webinar will take place at 10 a.m. Central Time, on May 9, 2014.
Unforeseen events in electrical environments, such as equipment failure, accidental dropping of tools, a power surge, or human error, can create arc flash incidents. An arc flash typically lasts less than one second, but it can leave devastating results. It is an explosive blast of flame, debris, sound, and force resulting from powerful, high-amperage electrical current passing through the air. An arc flash can propel molten metals, such as copper, at exceptionally high velocity, with radiant heat levels exceeding 35,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
Each year more than 2,000 people in the United States are admitted to burn centers with severe arc-flash burns1. Employees who install, maintain or repair electrical systems are at risk for the potential of arc flash. To reduce this risk, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has established workplace safety standards to protect employees from arc flash and other electrical hazards (NFPA 70E®).
G&K Services will host a free webinar to educate businesses and their employees on the dangers of electric arc flash and review updates to the NFPA 70E standard. Details for the webinar are as follows:
What: G&K Services’ webinar on Electrical Safety
When: Friday, May 9, at 10:00 a.m. Central Time
To Register: https://engage.vevent.com/rt/gk_services_inc~050914
G&K Services offers a full-range of flame resistant uniforms that can protect employees from the dangers of arc flash and other hazards in the workplace. G&K can develop customized safety solutions to help businesses ensure compliance with NFPA 70E Standards and safeguard their workers. The GKProTect® line of safety uniforms offers arc rated clothing made with innovative flame resistant fabrics such as Ultra Soft®, Tecasafe and Glen Guard®, which combine protection, comfort and value.
To learn more about G&K’s industry-leading safety apparel programs, or for more information on the NFPA 70E standard, visit www.gkservices.com/ThinkSafety.
About G&K Services, Inc.
G&K Services, Inc. is a service-focused market leader of branded uniform and facility services programs in the United States, and is the largest such provider in Canada. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, G&K Services has nearly 7,800 employees serving approximately 170,000 customers from 160 facilities in North America. G&K Services is a publicly held company traded over the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol GK and is a component of the Standard & Poor’s SmallCap 600 Index. For more information visit www.gkservices.com.
1 Source: National Fire Protection Association NFPA 70E Annex K-3