4 Steps to Arc Flash Compliance

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As a facility manager or property owner, it is important for you to “be in the know” and aware of any possible dangers or hazards that may impact your facility. One hazard that should be on your radar is known as Arc Flash.

Facility managers and property owners must have both an understanding of what arc flash hazards are, and how to evaluate the likelihood of an Arc Flash incident and resulting protection needs. When you’re “in the know” you can focus on being proactive rather than reactive, and in essence, save time, money, and other resources in the process.

 

What is an Arc Flash?arc flash compliance - hazard

The dictionary describes an electric arc as “a luminous bridge formed in a gap between two electrodes.” An arc flash occurs during a fault, or short circuit condition, that passes through an arc gap. The arc causes an ionization of the air, potentially expelling large amounts of deadly energy with temperatures that can reach as high as 35,000 degrees Fahrenheit. That is hotter than the surface of the sun … and not something you want to occur at your facility if you can help it!


Identifying Arc Flash Hazards and Solutions

What does an Arc Flash have to do with Facility Compliance?

In healthcare, commercial and industrial settings where the facility must stay energized during electrical systems work or updates, preventing arc flash incidents is critical.

 

While it is nearly impossible to predict or eliminate an Arc Flash occurrence, we believe these four steps will help you minimize risk and liability:

  1. Determine Arc Flash Hazard in your facility. Review the NFPA 70E (Article 130 of the NFPA Standard “Work Involving Electrical Hazards”) and OSHA Publication 29 CFR 1910 for Employer Guidelines
  2. Assess your facilities to ensure Incident Energy and Arc Flash Boundary calculations following NFPA 70E, IEEE 1584 and NESC standards
  3. Document electrical systems with accurate drawings and one line diagrams, identify hazards and provide proper labeling of all at risk equipment
  4. Training: Train your staff through “Qualified Persons” to understand the risk and document requirements of electrical safety procedures and the proper wearing of personal protection equipment

 

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