Putting the Puzzle Together
An arc flash analysis is performed to estimate incident energy levels, to identify appropriate levels of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and to determine flash protection boundaries at specific points in an electrical distribution system.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to protect facility workers and contractors from the hazards associated with electrical shock, arc, and blast. The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), producers of the National Electrical Code, developed a set of guidelines to assist employers in complying with OSHA laws in the NFPA 70e, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace.
Applied Power Systems offers arc flash analyses based on the results from the Short Circuit and Over current Protective Device Coordination studies, and are calculated using the equations provided in IEEE Std. 1584-2002. Once all of the calculations have been concluded and posted in tabular form with your report, you can expect to see complaint arc flash labels applied to your distribution devices.
Arc Flash Analysis Addresses:
• Personal Protective Equipment recommendations for any qualified personnel engaging work on live equipment;
• Facility electrical one-line diagram, short circuit study, and protective coordination analysis.
Features of an APS Arc Flash Analysis:
- PPE recommendations presented in a clear, tabular format.
- Written report of findings and recommendations, delivered to you and thoroughly explained.
- Ongoing APS Flash Track Program to track additon and subtraction of assets that may influence the accuracy of your Arc Flash Analysis.
- Verification and documentation of all devices within the scope of analysis.
- PDF copies of single lines, as well as optional 11×17 laminated copy affixed to panel covers of appropriate main switchgear(s).
- Arc Flash incident energy values, based on both recommended and existing settings.
- APS full data gathering services so that your personnel does not have to be exposed to “live” circuits.
- NFPA 70e Safe Workplace Practice Training, Testing, and Continuing Education.
- Annual Arc Flash Suppression and Service Program.
- Updated/revised panel schedules and circuit directories.