Arc Flash Study in USA
Damages to property and company personnel working in the vicinity of arc flash accident can be staggering.
Safeguard your company personnel and property from arc flash incidents by preforming periodic arc flash study. Care Labs offers a detailed study and analysis report in a very efficient and effective way.
Care Labs provides you services like electrical safety inspections, electrical system design simulations, power systems study & analysis and arc flash study & analysis, in compliance with the OSHA and NFPA 70E/NFPA 70B guidelines.
Care Labs is an authorized ETAP service provider and using it to perform arc flash analysis.
Every year, more than 10,000 arc burn injuries occur, 3,000 cases of which are most severe, and 500 cases of fatality. Treatment costs for burn injury victims can be up to $500,000/m. A workplace fatality can cost approximately up to $8.5 million-plus penalties also.
An arc flash is a sudden, uncontrollable hazard, that can result in property damage, injuries to personnel and even loss of life.
Figure. Average percentage of fatal and non-fatal injuries due to Arc Flash in the US
Causes of Arc Flash:
- Accumulation of dirt
- Corrosion, contamination, or Dielectric Breakdown
- Faulty equipment
- Poor maintenance
- Careless removal or replacement cover and device
- Misalignment of moving contacts.
An arc flash incident energy analysis is a critical study to ensure employee safety and it is an engineering investigation intended to provide detailed safety information about an equipment or circuit element to qualified workers servicing that equipment.
How Does an Arc Flash Hazard Occur?
When the insulating medium didn’t offer enough resistance to the flow of electric current, an arc can strike. While a fault or short circuit condition, an arc can occur.
When sufficient energy is present in the line, electric current will ionize the surrounding air and passes through it instead of the intended path. This is known as arc flash and it occurs during a fault or short circuit conditions.
It results in extreme heat, severe burns, and an explosion, that could cause hearing damage or injuries and can be fatal. The temperature of an arc flash can be up to 35,000 degrees Fahrenheit, that’s how much deadly an arc flash can be.
What are the Results of Arc Flash Accidents?
- Serious or fatal injury to personnel
- Blinding flash of light
- Dynamite-level explosion with a sound wave of more than 160 dB
- Destruction of facilities and damaging the products
- Operation disruption and downtime
- Insurance claims, and regulatory fines
- Trauma and damages the company’s reputation
Standards/Regulations on Arc Flash Study:
- Under the OSHA act of 1970, employee’s safe and healthful workplaces should be ensured by their employers.
- The National Fire Protection Association-NFPA70E standard recommends conducting an arc flash study every 3 years to minimize the risk of electrical hazards and to ensure a safe workplace to perform any electrical analysis.
- NFPA 70B, recommended practice to perform maintenance and work safely on electrical equipment, maintenance technicians should be trained and have knowledge on this standard.
- IEEE Standard 1584-2018 provides modeling and an analytical procedure to perform the arc flash calculations of the predicted the arc hazard.
As per the standards of NFPA 70E/70B and OSHA, Care Labs offers an electrical Arc Flash hazard analysis study to find the risk level for all areas in which your employees perform work. Our main objective of the study is to ensure the safety of lives and save your money by safe work practices and minimize the possibility of injuries.
Ensure Safety and Compliance with Care Labs Arc Flash Study:
The process of our arc flash assessment includes:
- Data collection
- Modeling and analysis performed using ETAP
- Short circuit study
- Over current protective device coordination study
- Arc flash study
- Arc flash hazard calculations
- Unsafe work locations
- Arc flash hazard mitigation
- Produce overall single line diagrams
- Final report stamped by a professional engineer
- Arc flash hazard labels
- Installation of arc flash labels
- Final report
Arc Flash Study and Analysis Report
Upon completion of the calculations and analysis, we will provide you a draft arc flash report for your review, during which your team can evaluate it and ensure electrical safety of your employees.
On receiving approval, we will provide you a final report, which contains an introduction, executive summary, overall single line diagram, observations, and recommendations. The report will be attested by our registered professional. The drawings and report will also be submitted in a digital format.
Benefits of Availing Arc Flash Study from Care Labs:
- Get a single point of contact to answer all your queries throughout the project life cycle
- Offers highly skilled electrical engineers to carry out arc flash analysis availed by you
- Achieve compliance with relevant regulations and standards in the US.
- Meet employee/staff safety demands and demonstrate dedication to electrical safety
- Discover and eliminate problems of your electrical infrastructure
- Reduce the risk of expensive litigation should a product cause injury
- Improve productivity of your business by reducing downtime due to electricity-related issues
- Get a reliable and trustworthy report about your electrical system using industry-recognized eTAP software
- Care Labs detailed study and analysis report will assist your technicians to identify any damage or general wear and tear that could affect your safety
- Study and analysis report will also help to find any components that could cause electric shock or high temperatures that could result in fire.
Ensure the safe work environment for your employee and facility equipment in compliance with the arc flash study requirements by standard practices.
We offer our services in New York, Ohio, Illinois, New Mexico, New Jersey, Texas, Georgia, Florida, Washington, California, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and all the major states and cities in the United States of America.
Contact us to avail of our arc flash study service.