Using Arc Flash Studies to Reduce Risk
An arc flash happens when an electrical current travels off its intended path. It can happen between an outlet and a piece of equipment or if an electrical line or a power cord becomes compromised, i.e., frayed or accidentally cut. A lightning strike can also cause them. Nashville arc flash studies performed by Industrial Maintenance Solutions (IMS) help companies reduce this risk.
An arc flash differs from a spark leaping out of a household wall outlet. The amount of electricity (incident power) is far higher and can result in explosions and fires. Temperatures from an arc flash can reach 30,000 degrees Fahrenheit and higher depending on the amount of incident power. At this level, an arc flash can melt nearby equipment and cause skin and clothing to burn instantly. Lung and eye damage is typical.
The reason for an arc flash study is to give managers and owners the level of risk in their facilities and for each piece of equipment. It provides a blueprint to reduce the risk of an arc flash to protect their employees, inventory, and property.
Circumstances Requiring Arc Flash Studies
Before beginning operation, an arc flash study is required for each new facility and piece of equipment. Industrial Maintenance Solutions inspectors provide a label for each area of the facility using power and each machine in that area. Owners need to update these labels every five years according to OSHA Standard 1910.269(l)(8)(ii). The labels include information on the risk, such as the incident energy of each machine, and other information, including required protective gear.
A new study is also required in these circumstances:
- Adding new equipment to the facility
- Any modification to a facility’s electrical system
- Changing utility companies
Owners also need to stay in contact with their electricity provider if there is a change in power sources.
If your company requires electricity and uses equipment rated over 208 volts, you need arc flash studies for your Nashville operation. For information on what IMS can do for you, visit our website. If you have questions about this or our other services, please leave any questions and contact information with us at https://www.imsnation.com/contact.html or 1-800-790-9496. We are here to help you support your customers.