Arc flash risk assessment is offered by Electrical Safety Specialists to determine the risk levels for all areas in which employees perform work. The purpose of ESS visits is to help save lives and money by safe work practices and minimize the possibility of injuries and lost time accidents. Arc flash risk assessment is required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and NFPA 70E.
Electrical Safety Specialists’ (ESS) arc flash Engineering Technicians have several years of experience in commercial/industrial electrical installations and maintenance. They also have extensive training on the intricacies of the data collection process for selective coordination, and equipment evaluation, just to name a few.
The first step in arc flash risk assessment is on-site data collection. An ESS technician collects the necessary information to perform an arc flash risk assessment. The assessment will identify the presence and location of potential hazards and also provides recommendations for personal protective equipment (PPE), boundaries for limited, restricted, and prohibited approaches, and recommendations for flash protection and safe work practices. It’s imperative that ESS collect the current information needed to perform the assessment.
The second step performed is arc flash engineering analysis. Once the data collection process is complete, technicians will begin the process of creating arc flash one-line diagrams and conduct a hazard risk assessment which includes arc flash, shock hazard, short circuit assessment, and coordination studies.
Step three is the installation of arc flash warning labels and a four-hour NFPA 70E arc flash training. This will occur during ESS’s second visit to your facility. An arc flash engineering technician will apply the arc flash warning labels generated by the arc flash study and conduct a four-hour NFPA 70 Arc Flash training. This is yet another critical step in the process, as it is imperative to ensure that the arc flash warning labels are placed in the correct locations. A misplaced label can mean life or death in the wrong situation. ESS’s goal is to save lives, and this is not possible if your employees are not actively engaged in the process and safe work practices set forth by your company.
There are critical steps in performing an assessment, all the efforts thus far will be meaningless unless your employees are able to follow and understand the guidelines set forth by OSHA, NFPA 70E, National Electrical Code, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Electrical Safety Specialists offers nationwide training and also provides custom training built specifically for your company’s needs.