Ensure electrical safety with arc flash assessments
In a need to respond to electrical hazards in the workplace, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) developed a standard to provide guidance. NFPA 70E “Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace” is designed to provide a workplace for employees that is safe from electrical hazards. The standard’s objective is to provide practical safety resulting in a reduction of injuries associated with electrical risks such as arc flash.
While the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) relies on NFPA 70E for prescriptive-based requirements to fulfill the performance-based requirements, NFPA 70E provides additional details on how to achieve compliance. Companies must comply with OSHA, and NFPA 70E outlines how to do so.
Arc flash hazards can occur when an electric current pass through air between conductors (or from the conductor to the ground), instead of its intended path. When such an event occurs, temperatures can reach 35,000° Fahrenheit, resulting in extreme injury and, in many cases, death. Arc flash assessments, outlined in the 2018 update of NFPA 70E, are designed to limit arc flash risks by producing a better understanding of hazards present in a facility, and what types of PPE are needed. Components of an arc flash risk assessment include:
Training of employees is another key component to minimizing arc flash and other electrical risks. Employees that can benefit from this type of training include electrical and maintenance technicians, plant and facility supervisors, on-site engineers and anyone who is expected to operate or be present around electrical equipment. Our 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).
Learn about the 2018 update to NFPA 70E and the importance of completing an arc flash assessment
Find out if your facility requires an arc flash assessment under NFPA 70E and NFPA 70
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An introduction to Infrared Thermography/Arc Flash
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