Employers are responsible for providing safe working conditions anytime employees or contract personnel are working near electrical equipment. An Arc Flash Analysis can help make sure you’re meeting electrical safety requirements and protecting your employees.
With our Arc Flash Analysis, our experts will:
An arc flash in simple terms is a big explosion or fireball. It’s a phenomenon when a flashover of electric current leaves its intended path and travels through an air gap from one conductor to another, or to ground. This results in a release of electrical energy that ionizes the surrounding air, generating an enormous amount of light, heat and sound…an explosion.
It can be caused by many things:
Human Error – dropping a tool, accidental touching with an uninsulated tool
Environmental Factors – buildup of dust or debris, condensation
Equipment Failure – faulty parts or installation, corroding insulation, normal wear and tear
When an arc flash does occur, it can cause:
Burns and Fires
Non flame-resistant clothing can burn onto skin, and fire can spread rapidly throughout the area
Upward of 2,000 pounds per square foot
Noise can reach 140 dB – as loud as a gun
Upwards of 35,000 degrees F – hotter than the surface of the sun
Often creates molten metal
80% of electrical-related accidents and fatalities involving “qualified workers” are caused by arc flash. - OSHA