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What is an Arc Flash?

An arc flash (or arc blast) is a release of energy that results from a low impedance connection to ground or another voltage phase in an electrical system.  This rapid release of energy creates a fiery explosion that devastates everything in its path, creating deadly shrapnel as it dissipates.  It is a deadly workplace danger that annually causes unnecessary human injury and high costs associated to property damage and downtime.

10 Steps to an Effective Arc Flash Program

  1. Implement an arc flash analysis โ€“ no matter the cost. It may be expensive, but it is a small investment compared to potential damage, injury, and even death. Donโ€™t wait for an accident to happen.
  2. Purchase flame-resistant clothing with the proper reference. An arc flash analysis will let you know for sure what type of arc flash clothing you will need to properly protect workers.
  3. Purchase insulated tools that are not too bulky for employee tasks. Many insulated tools on the market are made for larger equipment. Make sure your employeeโ€™s tools are not too big and bulky.
  4. Keep up with the changes to the electrical system. Whenever major changes are made (or every 5 years), they should be documented to keep the arc flash analysis up to date.
  5. Donโ€™t forget your arc flash training or electrical safety training. Workers need to know how to properly understand the program, read labels, use PPE, etc.
  6. Have a short circuit study and protective device coordination study conducted. These are essential in mitigating higher risk hazards which can reduce or eliminate risks and costs.
  7. Implement the corrective recommendations from the report! Follow the recommendations to keep your employees from being exposed to potential arc flash danger.
  8. Remember shock hazards. Shock is a greater threat and should be kept in mind when purchasing PPE, writing safety policies, and training workers.
  9. Implement a preventative maintenance program to support equipment safety. By staying on top of your equipment condition, you can identify possible hazards before they become huge risks.
  10. Enforce the policies you implement. It is a waste of time and money to do otherwise. Not enforcing these policies keeps the risk of death, injury, or damage associated with arc flash high.

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