Arc Flash Assessment

What is Arc Flash Assessment? An engineering study designed to identify and qualify the degree of hazard inside each electrical device.

What is an Arc Flash?

As defined by OSHA, an Arc Flash is a “phenomenon where a flashover of electric current leaves its intended path and travels through the air from one conductor to another, or to the ground”. Unfortunately, the results are often violent. When a human is in close proximity to the arc flash, serious injury and even death may occur.

Simply put, an Arc Flash is a powerful electrical explosion with potentially deadly consequences. To emphasize, Arc Flashes can produce temperatures on excess on 35,000° Fahrenheit, almost four times the temperature of the sun’s surface

The ramifications from an Arc Flash are numerous, in this case here is some data illustrating the severity of Arc Flash incidents:

  • Over 2,000 workers treated annually for arc flash injuries
  • Arc flash incidents cost companies millions in medical bills, downtime, and litigation
  • 80% of electrical injuries caused by Arc Flash events vs. electrocutions
  • Arc Flash explosions can vaporize copper conductors and will expand them to 67,000 times their original volume

How Life Safety Services® will help with Arc Flash Compliance:

  • Data Collection: We will visit each location in your facility that could provide a thermal energy incident and collect data to allow LSS to develop your customized plan.
  • Incident Energy Calculations: Incident Energy tells you the levels or risk in your electrical panels (NFPA 70E requirement).
  • Coordination Study & Mitigation: Reduce risk by lowering the incident energy and Hazard Risk Category. This also lowers the PPE requirements.
  • Arc Flash Field Labeling: In compliance with OSHA & NFPA 70E, the installation of Field Labels will take place, which will in fact include the incident energy calculations.
  • Arc Flash & Electrical Safety Training: Learn how to work safely in your facility’s electrical environment.

Don’t Let Your Life Flash Before Your Eyes With Arc Flash Assessment – LSS Life Safety Services®