Why Bother with an Arc Flash Study?
A lax safety culture can have costly consequences, frequently in the form of OSHA fines, lost production, and legal expenses. And there’s no room for error when it comes to electrical safety and Arc Flash Hazard in the workplace. D.L. Steiner, Inc. has the experience and capability to perform an Arc Flash Study on any size facility. We provide turnkey and customized solutions, meeting your organization’s safety needs, on budget and on time.
Arc Flash Studies: Turnkey and Custom Services
Arc Flash Study: Standard
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. Custom Arc Flash solutions are also available to meet our industrial clients' specific regulatory compliance needs.
What Can You Expect in an Arc Flash Study?
D.L. Steiner and many of its competitors offer years of experience, subject matter expertise, and professional studies and reports. But, not all Arc Flash Studies are created equal.
Arc Flash Study: Lite
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.
Ready to Learn More about How an Arc Flash Study Can Improve Your Safety Factor?
Give us a call, or have us call you, to schedule a free, over-the-phone arc flash consultation.
Or, attend one of our NFPA 70E electrical safety training seminars to learn more about arc flash hazard in the workplace.
Arc Flash Study FAQs
What is Arc Flash?
An arc flash incident occurs when an electrical arc is formed between two electrical devices separated only by air. The arc flash characteristically produces a blinding flash of light and temperatures reaching as high as 35,000°F. The associated explosion creates sound levels in the neighborhood of 160dB, launching shrapnel and molten metal at near the speed of sound.
Mixed with inadequate training and PPE, it's a recipe for disaster, destroying or disabling man and machine, and leaving behind an expensive legacy which can substantially impact finances, morale, and even the very lives of company teammates. (Read more...)
What is the NFPA 70E?
The prevalence of the Arc Flash Study within Industry has grown along with the knowledge of and respect for Arc Flash Hazard in the workplace during recent decades, and the need for a standard and effective solution, such as Arc Flash Analysis, has been addressed. For years, the NFPA 70E has been OSHA’s standard of reference for electrical safety in the workplace, including electrical Arc Flash Hazard.
Are Arc Flash accidents common?
Over 2,000 U.S. workers enter burn units each year due to injuries from arc flash accidents—that’s more than 5 people per day! On-the-job electrical accidents are rare (only 1 in 494 lost-time accidents are electrical in nature), yet they account for 1 in 20 job-related deaths. Many of these are due to arc flash.
Most workers are unprepared for the danger they face. Because arc flash is so deadly, responsible employers have arc flash hazard analysis performed on their electrical systems so these dangers can be known.
Does the law require me to have an Arc Flash Study performed?
No, OSHA regulations do not specifically mandate completing arc flash hazard analysis, and NFPA 70E is a consensus standard, not law. But OSHA does require workplaces to be “free from recognized hazards that are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees.” For what makes an electrical safe workplace, OSHA looks to NFPA 70E.
Regarding arc flash hazard analysis, NFPA 70E says, among other things, “Arc flash hazard analysis shall determine the Arc Flash Protection Boundary, the incident energy at the working distance, and the personal protective equipment that people within the Arc Flash Protection Boundary shall use” (§130.5). Arc flash hazard analysis for an electrically safe workplace is required by NFPA 70E. And since an electrically safe workplace is the law, not an option, OSHA can – and does! – fine organizations that ignore these and other arc flash hazard related NFPA 70E safety mandates.
Is an Arc Flash Study worth the cost?
Yes, considering a single arc flash accident can cost a company $1 million or more. Lost production, equipment repairs, lawsuits, skyrocketing insurance premiums, and OSHA fines add up in a hurry! As a form of risk management, an arc flash hazard analysis is an inexpensive way to protect against the huge liabilities that can result from an arc flash accident.