The Third Step In Performing An Arc Flash Risk Assessment Is The Label Installation and Arc Flash Training

Arc flash risk assessment step three:

This will be the second visit to your facility to apply the arc flash labels and perform an arc flash training. One of our arc flash Engineering Technicians will apply the arc flash warning labels generated by the arc flash study and conduct a four-hour NFPA 70E Arc Flash training.

This is another critical step in the process as it is imperative 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. ESS’s goal is to save lives, and this will not be 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 Arc Flash Risk Assessment, all the efforts thus far will be meaningless unless your employees are able to follow and understand the guidelines set forth by OSHA and the NFPA70E.

Arc flash warning labels are step three in arc flash risk assessment training.

Arc flash training is a requirement by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and is taught by Electrical Safety Specialists. As required by OSHA and the NFPA 70E, Electrical Safety Specialists offers electrical Arc Flash Risk Assessment to determine the risk levels for all areas in which your employees perform work. This is critical to ensuring worker safety. The purpose of our arc flash training is to help save lives and money by safe work practices and minimize the possibility of injuries and lost time accidents.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) details how to comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s regulation, 29 CFR 1910.333(a), through the NFPA 70E standard.

 According to the NFPA 70E standard, there are six primary responsibilities that facilities must meet. These responsibilities include:

  • Training for employees
  • Written safety program in place that is actionable
  • Personal Protective Equipment available for employees
  • Insulated tools
  • Arc flash Assessment
  • Properly labeled equipment

Arc flash electrical panels with warning labels

Arc flash labeling is the responsibility of the employer, not the manufacturer or installer of the equipment. Labeling is required for any piece of electrical equipment that may need examination, adjustment, service or maintenance while energized, creating the potential for an arc flash incident to occur. In general, any door or access cover that can be opened or removed to expose energized parts with potential of >=50 V should have an arc flash label.

List of equipment that should have an arc flash label but not limited to:

  • Switchboards
  • Panel Boards
  • Meter Socket Enclosures
  • Industrial Control Panels
  • Motor Control Centers
  • Buss Ducts
  • Disconnect Switches

 For more information about arc flash training, call ESS at (816) 925-0443.

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