Industry News

Thomas & Betts is Now ABB Installation Products

We are dedicated to supplying the industry’s best products from manufacturers who share our commitment to quality and service. For many years, French Gerleman has been proud to partner with Thomas & Betts for a variety of components for your electrical needs, including conduit, connectors, covers, terminals, and many other similar products. Today, the firm […]

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The 2018 Tariffs & the Impact on Your Business

For the last several months, talk of tariffs has been ever-present in the news, and perhaps even in your business. In simple terms, a tariff is an additional fee imposed on goods which are imported into the United States. Earlier this year, tariffs were put in place for a variety of raw materials and finished […]

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OSHA’s New Rule on Walking-Working Surfaces

Slip, trip and fall hazards are the leading cause of worker deaths and lost-workday injuries. However, the existing OSHA standards had not been updated since 1971. OSHA now has a final rule for walking-working surfaces to improve worker safety and bring the standard up to date with the latest technological advancements.

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The Responsibilities of Authorized, Competent and Qualified Persons

Like those in any field with its own esoteric language, we in fall protection often take for granted that when we use a term, everyone else knows what we are talking about. For example, if I said, “For that Fall Arrest application, you’ll need an SRL-LE – and make sure the shock-absorber is attached to […]

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2017 National Electrical Code: Changes in Overcurrent & Surge Protection

Mersen recently released a guide to understanding its changes in overcurrent and surge protection in the 2017 National Electrical Code. These changes are to increase worker safety and help prevent arc flashes.

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Achieve Green Initiatives & Critical Waste Reduction Goals with Closed Loop Recycling

Closed Loop Recycling (CLR) recycles oil absorbents, wipers and PPE such as gloves, sleeves, aprons, and jackets. CLR specializes in turning these waste streams into three reusable products through their environmentally friendly laundering process. CLR offers customized solutions, monthly reporting, and scheduled pickup and delivery for provided materials including 55-gallon drums in which to collect the […]

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Top 13 Safety Apps That You Need on Your Phone

Smartphones and tablets are a part of everyday life now both personal and work related, so much so that we’ve designed a line of touchscreen-compatible gloves for every industry. While there are some professionals who shy away from these new technologies, industry leaders and trendsetters embrace new technology that can improve their productivity. This blog […]

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Staying Ahead of the Electrical Trends & Standards

Last month, at our St. Louis branch, we offered customers the chance to learn about the latest trends and standards within the electrical industry at our Trends and Standards Update. Attendees gained knowledge on the latest innovative products that can help customers stay compliant with standards and the latest trends to help drive safety, technology […]

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Hazardous Locations: NEC 2017 Code Updates

A hazardous location exists when a manufacturing, storage or handling process provides a fuel, consisting of a flammable gas vapors, combustible dust or combustible fibers are or may be present in the air in sufficient quantities to produce explosive or ignitable mixtures.

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The New OSHA 1910 Regulations – What Do They Mean for You?

You may have heard by now that OSHA has updated its 1910 General Industry regulations regarding walking-working surfaces and personal protective equipment. These new regulations went into effect on January 17, 2017. What are the changes and what do they mean for you? It can seem a bit overwhelming as there are many changes in […]

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