At Rozel, we understand the critical importance of electrical safety in the workplace. One of the key components of our comprehensive approach to ensuring safety is conducting an Arc Flash Study. This is not just a recommendation; it's a necessity.
Understanding Arc Flash Studies
An Arc Flash Study, also known as an Arc Flash Risk Assessment, is a detailed analysis conducted by experts like us at Rozel. The purpose of this study is to identify potential arc flash hazards, estimate the likelihood and severity of incidents, and determine the necessary protective measures, including the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
The Legal and Safety Standards Supporting Arc Flash Studies
Several standards and regulations underline the importance of Arc Flash Studies. These include:
OSHA 1910.132: This standard mandates employers to identify and protect their workers from workplace hazards. Given that every energized electrical system presents shock and arc flash hazards, performing an incident energy analysis is crucial to identify arc flash.
NEC (National Electrical Code) 110.16: This code requires electrical equipment to be labeled warning of arc flash hazards. The NEC is the installation standard, implying that this labeling must be completed soon after installation.
NFPA 70E (Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace): This standard requires workers to protect themselves from arc flash hazards. It includes:
- Section 130.5 Arc Flash Analysis: This section mandates an arc flash risk assessment to identify arc flash hazards, estimate the likelihood and severity of incidents, and determine if additional protective measures are required. This assessment must be reviewed at intervals not exceeding five years.
- Section 130.5 (H) Labeling: This section requires all equipment likely to require examination, adjustment, servicing, or maintenance while energized to be field marked with a label containing voltage and arc flash hazard information. This information allows the worker to identify severity, establish boundaries, and properly choose PPE.
The Rozel Approach to Arc Flash Studies
At Rozel, we conduct comprehensive Arc Flash Studies in accordance with these standards. Our approach includes:
Identifying Arc Flash Hazards: We meticulously examine your electrical systems to identify potential arc flash hazards.
Estimating Incident Likelihood and Severity: Using advanced tools and our extensive expertise, we estimate the likelihood and potential severity of an arc flash incident.
Determining Protective Measures: Based on our findings, we recommend appropriate protective measures, including the use of PPE.
Labeling Equipment: We ensure all your equipment is properly labeled with voltage and arc flash hazard information, helping your workers identify severity, establish boundaries, and properly choose PPE.
Training: Workers are trained on the potential hazards, safe work practices, and the correct use of PPE.
Review and Update: We review and update the Arc Flash Study at intervals not exceeding five years, ensuring your workplace remains compliant with safety standards.
At Rozel, we are committed to providing top-notch Arc Flash Studies to ensure the safety of your workplace. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you maintain a safe and compliant work environment.