Tackling invisible hazards through arc flash analysis
An arc flash occurs either when an electric current pass through air between conductors or from a conductor to ground instead of its intended path; temperatures can reach as high as 35,000° Fahrenheit! These dangerous arc flash conditions can occur when work is being conducted on energized equipment, or during an electrical equipment failure.
The light, heat, and blast from an arc flash can cause extreme bodily injury, and even death when employees are exposed without the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and electrical safety protocols.
Current regulations make arc flash risk assessments mandatory if an employee is working on or around energized equipment rated above 50V, or if the facility has service equipment rated at 1200A or more for states that have adopted the latest version of the NEC.
An arc flash risk assessment is part of a complete electrical arc flash analysis required by OSHA, NFPA 70E and NFPA 70. The assessment determines the incident energy in which a worker may be exposed to and how to protect the worker from an arc flash accident and other electrical hazards.
The overall goals of an arc flash risk assessment are to:
1. Phase 1 – Field Survey
2. Phase 2 – Electrical One-line
3. Phase 3 – Data Entry/Analysis
4. Phase 4 – Draft/Final Reports
5. Phase 5 – Arc Flash Label Installation
TÜV SÜD Global Risk Consultants (GRC) performs short-circuit, protective device coordination and arc flash risk analysis to ensure compliance and safety in your facility. In addition, we offer services like training for your employees to help them to operate safely in the work environment, as well as Infrared Thermographic Surveys.
The Arc Flash service team is licensed throughout the United States to deliver a consistent, high quality service regardless of geographic location. Our team of highly-skilled electrical engineers will identify code or electrical safety violations during the survey. In addition to providing short circuit analysis, protective device coordination study and one-line electrical diagram, we will also work with your team to develop a training program to prepare your employees to operate safely in this environment.
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