The arc flash risk assessment identifies the presence and location of potential hazards and provides recommendations for Personal Protective Equipment, boundaries for limited, restricted and prohibited approaches, recommendations for flash protection, and safe work practices. Electrical Safety Specialists (ESS) performs risk assessments for potential hazards and much more.
An ESS arc flash Engineering Technician will come on-site to collect the necessary information to perform an Arc Flash Risk Assessment which is a critical step in the process. The 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 Arc Flash Risk Assessment, Selective Coordination, Equipment Evaluation, just to name a few.
Engineering Technicians are comprised of Master/Journeyman electricians that are thoroughly trained to achieve the data collection without disrupting the process. In the very rare occurrence that power will need to be disrupted we have several options available to gather the necessary information to perform the arc flash risk assessment.
Once the data collection process is complete, ESS begins the process of creating arc flash one-line diagrams and conducting a hazard risk assessment including arc flash, shock hazard, short circuit assessment, and coordination studies. As an independent consultant, ESS does not pursue or generate revenue by selling breakers, fuses, and switchgear as many competitors do. ESS strongly believes that “If it is not broken, don’t fix it”. The purpose of the visit is to help save lives and money by safe work practices and minimize the possibility of injuries and lost time accidents.
The second visit from ESS in arc installation risk assessment is the installation of arc flash warnings. An arc flash engineering technician will apply the arc flash warning labels generated by the arc flash study. This is another critical s
tep in the process as it is important to ensure that the arc flash warning labels are placed in the correct locations, as a misplaced label could mean life or death in the wrong situation.
Electrical equipment such as switchboards, panel-boards, industrial control panels, and motor control centers that are likely to require maintenance while energized, must be field marked with a label.