Is an Arc Flash study part of your workplace safety plan?
OSHA requires employers to provide a workplace free of recognized hazards, and the NFPA 70E – an industry-recognized standard for electrical safety – describes the process required to recognize, quantify, and mitigate Arc Flash hazard in the workplace. According to the NFPA 70E, an Arc Flash hazard analysis is required to be performed every five years.
The first step in complying with this requirement is to have an Arc Flash study performed at your facility. Typical Arc Flash studies include:
- Calculating the “incident energy” (the thermal energy, expressed as cal/cm2, at a working distance from an arc fault); incident energy is largely dependent on two factors: the available fault current, and the fault clearing time (i.e., trip time) of upstream protective devices.
- the creation of Arc Flash labels to be attached to the electrical equipment in the power distribution system, and
- a report, including recommendations to mitigate and reduce the Arc Flash hazard for facility personnel.
Turnkey Arc Flash studies will also provide the employer with:
- an NEC facility safety audit to help you identify and correct electrical code issues, and
- electrical safety training on the NFPA 70E for maintenance personnel, in order to understand the arc flash labeling scheme and what PPE is required.
Interested in learning more about Arc Flash Studies in industrial facilities? Our turnkey Arc Flash Study includes data collection performed by D.L. Steiner engineers and technicians, Short Circuit Analysis, Protective Device Coordination, Arc Flash Analysis, reporting and recommendations for arc flash mitigation, labeling, training, and a free year's subscription to our cloud-based electrical reliability database - ReBEEMS.
Arc Flash Hazard isn't just an industrial problem. Interested in learning more about Arc Flash Studies in commercial and public facilities? D.L. Steiner brings years of Arc Flash Study experience from the complex world of industrial electrical power distribution systems and has successfully adapted this knowledge and experience to meet the needs of commercial and institutional clients.