Arc Flash Hazards Analysis

arc flash analysis

An arc flash is a type of electrical explosion that results from a low impedance connection to ground or another voltage phase in an electrical system. This hazard exists whenever personnel are servicing electrical equipment while its still in its energized state. The risk of serious and fatal injury from arc flash incidents is high, therefore, OSHA requires employers to protect employees from these type of electrical hazards. NFPA 70E, the consensus standard for electrical safety in the workplace, is the bridge between OSHA regulations and compliance.

Safety Management Services, Inc. (SMS) provides arc flash services to ensure compliance with NEC, NFPA 70E, IEEE 158,4 and OSHA requirements. The arc flash hazards analysis (also known as: arc flash risk assessment, incident energy analysis, arc flash hazard assessment, or arc flash study) is conducted at your facility by one of our experts, qualified to evaluate your electrical system. The studies can be customized to include fault current and coordination analysis, personal protective equipment (PPE) level recommendations, arc flash equipment labeling, and more according to your specific situation. Recommendations are given for areas presenting risk to personnel or equipment.

The objective of an arc flash analysis is to minimize or mitigate the hazard to your employees and electrical service personnel. Consequently, an arc flash hazard analysis will identify the arc flash protection boundary, which is the closest approach distance allowed before personal protective equipment (PPE) must be worn. SMS can provide you with a customized and thorough safety solution for your facility, contact us for a quote.