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Arc Flash Safety

Arc Flash Safety

Working with electricity can be dangerous, especially when it comes to an arc flash. Made up of pure electrical energy, arc flashes occur when a flashover of electric current leaves its intended path and travels from one conductor to another.

Arc flashes: - Occur up to 10 times a day in the U.S. - Reach 35,000°F and 140 dB - Cause burns, blindness, hearing loss and nerve damage

As dangerous as an arc flash can be, there are four important ways to minimize the risks of working in a charged environment:

  1. Attain and maintain – qualified NFPA 70E 2015 worker status. Take appropriate safety training to identify and avoid hazards.
  2. Know your labels – understand the risks within an arc flash-prone area. De-energize equipment that operates over 50 volts and appropriately mark, document and install labels.
  3. Dress for success ensure work clothing is accurately arc-rated and utilized. Monitor equipment labeling for suitable PPE and follow up-to-date arc PPE tables to ensure compliance.
  4. Understand permits – know when an energized electrical work permit is required and attain them when necessary.

When it comes down to it, you can never be too careful with arc flashes. Know the dangers and precautions and stay up to date on the latest guidelines to stay protected on the job.