What is Arc Flash?
Arc Flash is an electrical blast that releases dangerous levels of heat energy, fire, molten materials, vaporized solids that can be inhaled, flying shrapnel and the rapid expansion of air, all capable of causing severe and sometimes fatal injuries.
The temperature of an Arc Flash can reach more than 35,000 F as it creates a brilliant flash of light and a loud noise. The explosive energy released from an arc flash sends more than 2,000 burn victims to the hospital each year. Five to Ten Arc Flash Explosions occur in electric equipment every day in the U.S. The monetary cost of an arc flash can easily surpass $1 million, including medical expenses and the costs of equipment replacement downtime and insurance.
Why Do I need Arc Flash Safety?
As published in the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC), all the employers are required to perform an arc flash assessment by January 1, 2009. NESC, ANSI C2-2007, Section 410.A.3 states: "Effective as of January 1, 2009, the employer shall ensure that an assessment is performed to determine the potential exposure to an electric arc for employees who work on or near energized parts or equipment. If the assessment determines a potential employee exposure greater than 2cal/cm2 exists, the employer shall require employees to wear clothing or a clothing system that has an effective arc rating not less than the anticipated level of arc energy." OSHA is using new requirements such as NFPA 70E regulations (the industries standard for electrical safety) that require workplaces to include an arc flash safety program with defined responsibilities such as calculations for the degree of arc flash hazard, PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for all workers, arc flash training for workers, tools for safe work, and warning labels on equipment. These regulations are used to judge whether the employer acted responsibly in protecting its workers from arc flash hazards. In many instances today, the result has been employers paying substantial fines after arc flash events.
Arc Flash Solutions Provider
Advanced Safety & Energy Inc. is your Arc Flash solutions provider. We have trained professionals who specialize in Arc Flash safety solutions for the workplace. ASE carries over 40,000 PPE products including current needed arc flash apparel for the workplace. We have a 5 step Arc Flash Safety Program which is comprehensive & customized for each customer as well as a 5 step follow-up program to keep you up-to date on new ANSI and OSHA standards and regulations. ASE provides operational & administrative synergy with Lockout/Tag out, highly trained technical personnel & engineering support, and innovative market leading products and services. For more information about our Arc Flash program and services contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 810-238-8600 Ext. 12.