Arc Flash Safety Requirements
What is an Arc Flash?
An arc flash is a short circuit through air that flashes over from one exposed live conductor to another conductor or to ground.
Check out this arc flash resource from OSHA to learn more.
What Causes an Arc Flash?
Coming close to a high-amp source with a conductive
object can cause the electricity to flash over
Dropping a tool or otherwise creating a spark can ignite
an arc flash
Equipment failure due to use of substandard parts,
improper installation, or even normal wear and tear
Breaks or gaps in insulation
Dust, corrosion or other impurities on the surface of
Current Arc Flash Boundaries
The arc flash boundaries are designed to keep employees safe while they are working near energized equipment.
Complying with 2015 Arc Flash Requirements (NFPA 70E Standard)
Qualified and trained employees that demonstrate skills
Facility has a written safety program is in place that is
Personal protective equipment (PPE) available for employees
Arc flash hazard degree has been calculated
Equipment is properly labeled by owners
How to Label According to Arc Flash Requirements
These labels should have relevant information to keep employees safe, including nominal system voltage, arc flash boundary and personal protective equipment information. Read more...
NEED ARC FLASH LABELS?
Find the labels you need right here or print your
own with an arc flash printer.
With the changes to the NPFA 70E requirements in 2015 there were some key updates to vocabulary, boundary
requirements, PPE, training and equipment labeling.