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Electrical Hazards Management

Comprehensive training and inspection services to address electrical hazards

Electrical hazards are present in every industry and occupancy.  If not properly managed electrical hazards have the potential to unexpectedly shut down your business or expose workers to unsafe conditions. Minimizing threats to operations and creating a safe environment for employees is of utmost importance to companies, and there are steps businesses can take to ensure their electrical practices are optimized.

Why Manage Electrical Hazards?

According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) in 2017 electrical incidents caused over 2,200 injuries and 130 fatalities. These incidents occurred in a variety of industries, and most of the fatalities occurred from direct exposure to electricity while workers were repairing, constructing, or cleaning the equipment. Additionally, the untimely shutdown of electrical distribution equipment and primary mechanical systems often results in lost production, higher operating costs, dissatisfied customers, and lost profits. A robust electrical maintenance program, compliance with proper safety-related processes and implementing an electrical safety culture into the workplace can minimize these risks.

How can TÜV SÜD GRC Help You Manage Electrical Hazards?

TÜV SÜD GRC offers three main services to support your facilities in achieving safety for electrical systems and staying complaint with relevant codes and standards.

Infrared Thermographic InspectionsAs a vital electrical maintenance procedure, Infrared Thermography is an effective, Non-Destructive Examination (NDE) inspection technique used to pinpoint concerns in complex industrial, electrical, and mechanical systems. This is accomplished via our state-of-the-art thermal imaging equipment, also via our airborne ultrasound equipment and visual examination techniques. By detecting areas of abnormal temperature, acoustic emission anomalies or identified visual examination deficiencies, TÜV SÜD GRC Infrared Thermographic Surveys provide a comprehensive site-wide assessment of your operations for electrical and strategic mechanical systems. These surveys will offer value-add risk engineering, improved maintenance and reliability by of your operations, by predicting failures before they occur. This will translate into substantial cost-savings by preventing physical damage losses to equipment, failures, possible disruption to operations and increase the overall safety and operation of your facility. Our highly qualified in-house Thermographic Consultants, maintain current skills and expertise to assess your facilities, receive up to date critical electrical safety training, and more. With our extensive experience in infrared thermographic inspection programs, we assist clients in a wide array of industries including all industrial manufacturing, power generation, mining, cement, service industry, financial, municipal, institutional, and any other industry class.

Arc Flash Risk Assessments: An arc flash risk assessment is performed to determine the incident energy produce when an electric current passes through the air between conductors or from a conductor to ground instead of its intended path. The energy produced is used to determine the personal protective equipment (PPE) required to protect an employee working on or around the electrical equipment.

Industry standards are established and updated regularly to prevent arc flash injuries. NFPA 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, is a consensus that OSHA uses to enforce electrical safety. The recent edition of the National Electric Code (NEC) requires service equipment 1200A or above needing a service equipment or an arc flash label.

TÜV SÜD GRC's arc flash department is led by an experience electrical professional engineer who is licensed throughout most of the United States. Our lead with and his highly experienced team delivers consistent, high quality service regardless of geographical location. This enables us to bring arc flash risk assessment uniformity across all our client’s facilities, with the reports, one-lines and arc flash labels being consistent across all their sites.

Per NFPA 70E an arc flash risk assessment is required to be re-done every 5 years. We take a proactive approach, where we contact the utility within 3 years to find out, if any changes occurred on their side and inform our client of these changes, by re-running the current study.

Electrical Safety TrainingTÜV SÜD GRC's Electrical Safety Training programs are designed to enhance worker understanding of electrical hazards, reduce accidents associated with electrical work and prevent workplace injuries. The technical basis of our training is NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace (2018).


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