The Dangers of Arc Flash

arc flash, electrical services, arc flash dangers An arc flash hazard is a dangerous condition associated with the release of energy caused by an electric arc. An arc flash is an explosion that can cause severe burns, injuries or death depending on the severity. These incidents typically occur in applications above 120 volts and can take place at any time especially when electrical equipment is being inspected or serviced.

An arc flash hazard exists when a person is working on or near exposed electric conductors or circuit parts that have not been de-energized and placed in a safe work condition such as lockout tagout.

Due to the lack of thorough and accurate labeling of electrical equipment an arc flash hazard study should be performed. To be in compliance with OSHA & NFPA 70E Standard, arc flash labels should be created and placed on all pieces of equipment analyzed as part of an Electrical Safety Program.

Contact ecs to request an Arc Flash quote. We will determine the arc flash boundary and provide arc flash labels as well as a short circuit equipment evaluation and short circuit device evaluation to help you evaluate your electrical system. An ecs arc flash risk assessment includes the following elements:

  • Provide an up-front explanation of the requirements of NFPA 70E 2018
  • Survey existing or new electrical systems to collect data necessary to perform a short-circuit analysis, protective device coordination study, and arc flash analysis
  • Develop a plan to correct any repairs, system updates or deficiencies necessary to meet NEC and NFPA guidelines
  • Update building electrical one-line diagrams to depict current system
  • Deliver the completed arc flash risk assessment and install NFPA compliant labels identifying protection levels
  • Optional – Comprehensive three (3) hour training covering OSHA Regulations and NFPA 70E – perfect for anyone working on or near energized electrical equipment

Benefits of an ecs Arc Flash Assessment include:

  • Improved safety for people maintaining your electrical system so they will know the level of risk involved with each piece of equipment
  • Electricians will know what PPE (personal protective equipment) is required to safely work on your system
  • You will have current documentation of your facilities electrical system for future moves, adds and changes

 

Additional Resources

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NFPA 70E Training

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Tom Wellen Appointed to Project Manager at ecs

Earlier this week, ecs welcomed Tom Wellen as a Project Manager. He will be working with our Fire Team and helping with various projects.

Tom currently resides in Double Oak, Texas and will work directly with facilities in that region and will work with our team remotely. He has 25 years of experience in fire protection and was also a volunteer firefighter and EMT basic.

In his free time, he works on home improvement projects and yard work, as well as attend the gun range when he is able.

Welcome to the team, Tom!

Arc Flash Training – Seth & Kevin

The engineering team is continuously improving processes by cross training all members of the team in various aspects of project work. Throughout this summer, there have been many scheduled training sessions for this group from Arc Flash data collection to applying Arc Flash labels on the equipment.

Kevin Shriver, an ecs field technician, was able to walk through the data collection process with Seth, an engineer, to collect data from equipment on site to calculate an Arc Flash Hazard Analysis.

Parsons’ 17th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

Earlier this month, ecs employees participated in Parsons’ 17th Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Oak Marsh Golf Course. The funds raised at this event go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

On site Annual Fire Systems Test Training

In July, Lisa Bohmert joined Andy during parts of the Annual Fire Systems Test. Lisa was able to observe how the testing of smoke and water flow risers show up on the fire panel. She was also able to watch the annual pump house flow test and learn how all the systems tie together. Andy was able to explain how everything works in test mode versus a real life situation.

Additionally he covered information about the differences of wet and dry systems, PIVs, Road Boxes, and how the technicians enter the report information onto an iPad.

Lisa shed some light on her experience, “It was an excellent way to see how the work I do in the office will affect the technicians and end users. I love learning so this made for a great first week!”

Lisa Bohmert appointed Project Coordinator at ecs

Lisa joined us in July as a Project Coordinator for the fire team working on preventative maintenance. She will be coordinating the annual, semi annual and internal pipe inspections while assisting in other tasks as needed.

Lisa has previously worked for an engineering firm for 16 years and also has a few years of Project Coordination under her belt. Lisa offers ecs her skills in communication, organization, and dedication and is committed to supporting our team to the best of her ability.

In her spare time, she enjoys biking, hiking, fishing, and camping.

Welcome to the team, Lisa!

Lucas Rouen appointed Project Coordinator at ecs

ecs welcomes new employee, Lucas Rouen!

Lucas Rouen joined ecs as a Project Coordinator for the electrical team. He will work closely with deficiencies Lucas Rouen, Project Coordinator for ecsand scheduling repairs. In addition, he will also provide support to the other electrical Project Managers and assist them with ongoing projects.

Lucas’ work history began in active service for the Marine Corps and transitioned into the electrical field, working with automation, controls, and robotics. Afterward, he began working in the field for Parsons and has now found his way to ecs.

Based on his prior experiences and work history, he has strong work ethic, leadership skills, and the ability to learn at a fast pace. In his free time, he enjoys playing hockey, golfing, disc golfing, and fishing.

Welcome to the team, Lucas!

Seth Koneczny appointed as a designer at ecs

ecs welcomes new employee, Seth Koneczny!

Seth Koneczny joined ecs this week as a Designer that will work with our engineering teaSeth Konecznym. He will work on all phases of arc flash projects and provide design support. In addition, he is immersing himself in our procedures and will be vetting them for understanding and ease-of-use as well as providing feedback for continuous improvement.

Seth began an internship with Parsons in 2013 and returned to our program during the summers of 2015 and 2016. After completing his education at North Dakota State University, he is excited to start his career with ecs.

In his free time, he enjoys longboarding, running, and backpacking with friends. He has a passion for electronics and technology and spends a good deal of time tinkering with various projects. We are happy to welcome Seth to our team!

 

 

NFPA 70E White Paper

What’s your electrical safety IQ?

Learn why the OSHA-required NFPA 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace is an important part of preventing injury, the potential for death, facility equipment damage, loss of productivity and downtime.

Download our newest white paper here.

For more information on the NFPA and NFPA 70E safety codes and standards, please visit their website, www.nfpa.org.

Lean Design and Construction at the University of Nebraska

ecs Division Manager Tearinie Arhip and Parsons Lean Executive Director Perry Thompson, in partnership with Project Director Dean Woodley of CBRE, visited the University of Nebraska Lincoln at Omaha to discuss Lean culture in the construction industry. The class was comprised of students in their last year within the university’s Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction program.

Focusing on the spirit of Lean culture, Tearinie and Perry explored Lean tools with the class that foster and practice that culture, for example the Parsons Planning System, 8 Wastes, 5 ‘S’ and the Plan-Do-Check-Act mindset. Sprinkling in real-life stories and examples, their goal was to demonstrate Lean tools and Lean culture at work.

“We shared stories of how General Contractors and other trades are asking about our planning system which was developed from the Last Planner System (LPS),” Perry explained.

Tearinie added, “Lean design and construction is developing a continuous improvement culture to maximize value and minimize waste on our projects. It’s important to learn this [culture] now because projects’ scope, budgets, and schedules are continually challenged and lean culture helps address those constraints. If we weren’t utilizing these principles, we’d fall behind.”

“The excitement of these future leaders showed how Lean practices can change how construction is done,” Perry continued. Thank you to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and Dr. Stuart Berstein’s class for welcoming Parsons and for sharing their passion for construction. Thank you to Dean Woodley for partnering with us on this endeavor to share Lean culture and principles.

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Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction programLean Design and Construction at the University of Nebraska