NFPA 70E 2018 Code + Importance of an Arc Flash Analysis
Did you know that each year, more than 2,000 people are treated for Arc Flash injuries? While many understand the hazards an Arc Flash event entails including heat up to 4.5 times hotter than the surface of the sun and explosive forces equaling 3 sticks of dynamite, the likelihood of these events occurring is often underestimated.
According to the National Electric Code, 5-10 ARC explosions occur in electric equipment every day in the United States. These numbers are a bit startling but providing and undergoing the proper training and having an Arc Flash analysis done could save your team from critical injury, hearing loss and other severe health risks caused by Arc Flash events.
What is an Arc Flash Analysis?
An Arc Flash analysis is a study that gives a snapshot into the health of the electrical system and is conducted for the purpose of injury prevention and safe work practices. An analysis or study is recommended any time there are major changes to the electrical system that could affect the Arc Flash study results.
Take the Hassle out of the Hierarchy of Risk Control
The NFPA 70E 2018 edition includes a revamped list of items to properly address electrical safety concerns. Among these additions and enforcement include the inclusion of mandatory hierarchy of risk control. This requires additional action upon recognizing the hazards and risks associated with electrical safety. The hierarchy is in the order of the most effective prevention methods to least, beginning with placing equipment in an electrically safe work condition.
Protect Your Employees + Help Prevent Arc Flash
The task seems daunting – but that’s where we come in. Lakeland Engineering Equipment Company partners with a nationwide provider of NFPA 70E based services that include Arc Flash Analysis, Electrical Safety Training and Electrical Safety Programs.
Checking the box on electrical safety compliance does not have to be a costly endeavor. Simplicity and usability should be your goal. To help, Lakeland and our team of resources are here to deliver industry-leading services designed for the wandering OSHA Representatives and facility maintenance workers.
Help prevent Arc Flash events and stay in compliance with the new NFPA 70E 2018 code, contact your local Lakeland Engineering account manager for a free site assessment.