Arc Flash Risk Assessments
COMPLIANCE IS NOT AN OPTION BECAUSE ELECTRICITY DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE
OSHA has a multi-employer worksite policy (CPL2-0.124) that makes it clear that both the equipment owner and contractor are responsible for contractor safety. If an organization allows a contractor on its job site, that company has approved the contractor’s safety procedures and policies. In fact, did you know that a Plant Manager could be held criminally responsible for a workers injury if the worker did not have proper safety training? Employees as well as contracted workers cannot always be counted on to understand arc flash protection. Labeling the equipment ensures that those who work on power system equipment will be aware of the Arc Flash hazard involved and the required flash protective equipment.
The NFPA® 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace specifically addresses how to deal with arc flash hazards. Article 130.5 states, “An Arc Flash Risk Assessment shall be performed in order to protect personnel from the possibility of being injured by an Arc Flash. An Incident Energy Analysis is the foundation for building a Risk Assessment and Arc Flash Safety Program.
Comparing Arc Flash Incident Energy Analysis bids can be confusing. If your prices are widely varied, very likely so are the deliverables you’re getting with each. A narrow focus on costs or short cuts offered by some engineering firms typically comes at the expense of personnel safety.
We perform this analysis in accordance with NFPA 70E, IEEE 1584 and IEEE 1584.1
NFPA 70E 2015 (130.5) requires that the assessment be updated when major modifications or renovations take place and must be reviewed at least every five years. We will work with you beyond the initial Incident Energy Analysis to assist you with complying to this requirement.
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