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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Advantages of a Preventative Maintenance Program

We understand how important it is to keep your building running safely and efficiently 24/7. An ongoing maintenance program that goes beyond the day-to-day tasks by focusing on predictive and preventive maintenance services make ecs the most efficient service in the industry.

ecs has maintenance programs that focus on electrical systemsfire protection services, and arc flash. We can also develop a custom maintenance program designed for your specific facilities management needs.

ecs recognizes how important it is to keep your facility up and running. Because of this, ecs offers nationwide preventive maintenance services that increase safety, protecting your facility against incidents, lost production time and profits. Some of the services we provide are:

  • Manage, maintain, inspect and service buildings (over 100 million square feet annually)
  • Electrical systems testing and maintenance
  • Fire protection and alarm systems
  • Arc Flash risk assessment

Preventive Maintenance is an important part of a Facility Manager’s responsibilities resulting in:

  • Reduced costs of repairs related to breakdowns and unexpected emergency maintenance
  • Minimize equipment downtime so that your systems keep your building up and running.
  • Help reduce insurance premiums through fewer personnel injuries and property loss claims
  • ecs provides peace of mind by providing 24/7 emergency service for your facility to minimize downtime in the event of an incident

Instituting a preventive maintenance program will have a direct, measurable economic benefit for your business, such as the reduced cost of repairs to equipment and less downtime, especially when your company needs it most.

Let ecs help you develop a preventative maintenance program to fit your needs. 

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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.

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!