ARC FLASH HAZARD ANALYSIS
TRACING ELECTRICAL RISKS, DIMINISHING ARC-FLASH RISKS THROUGH AN ANALYSIS, AND CREATING A SAFE WORKPLACE CULTURE SHOULD NOT BE A SPUR-OF-THE-MOMENT THING. AT DUBAK ELECTRICAL, OUR ARC FLASH HAZARD ANALYSIS WORK TOGETHER TO CREATE A MUCH SAFER WORK ENVIRONMENT BY LOCATING, ANALYZING AND IDENTIFYING ELECTRICAL ISSUES WHICH BRINGS OUR CLIENTS INTO OSHA COMPLIANCE.
An arc flash is an extremely dangerous occurrence caused by a short circuit or a fault condition. When a phase-to-phase or phase-to-ground conductor is connected and current flows into the surrounding air, it can create an explosion in electrical equipment that is fast, powerful and lethal. This can result in temperatures that are more than 35,000 degrees Fahrenheit. This extremely sudden increase in heat creates a blinding flash of light as well as fire, waves of intense pressure and debris flying at extremely high speeds. All of this happens in an instant, with no warning, presenting an exceptionally dangerous risk of fire, serious damage to nearby equipment and even death to anyone within the immediate area. Conducting a full arc flash risk assessment is critical for arc flash safety.
The Arc Flash hazard analysis methodology used by Dubak Electrical Group conforms to IEEE 1584.1-2013 and NFPA 70E. Our arc flash risk assessments typically include a check of all electrical equipment on-site, a full incident energy analysis, determination of the PPE level required, and a study of all currently used protection devices.
Arc flash analysis generally consists of several steps:
Gather all existing electrical drawings, including floor plans and diagrams.
Verify all drawings in the field, documenting any information that may be missing from the documentation.
Feed the collected information into an analytical software platform.
Run a short circuit study to ensure all devices can clear any potential faults.
Compare each device with all upstream devices to ensure proper coordination.
Evaluate the condition of each device and present recommendations for reducing incident energy levels to prevent arc flashes.
In addition to contract plant maintenance service, our technicians are fully trained and experienced in arc flash testing and can provide the most accurate results. When you call on us to provide a complete arc flash analysis, you can rest assured you will be given all the details needed to maintain compliance and keep your facilities as safe as possible.
The information gathered by Dubak’s Arc Flash hazard analysis is obtained via data collection by certified field technicians and entered into our SKM database. This information is then used to deliver you a detailed proposal and action plan, including different operating conditions (called scenarios) of the electrical distribution systems, to mitigate potential arc flash hazards by obtaining the lowest AFIE (Arc Flash Incident Energy) rating possible.
At Dubak Electrical, SAFETY IS OUR MOST IMPORTANT MATTER, period. By creating a safer and more reliable workplace through our electrical safety training program and continuous dialogue with our employees and clients, lowers our work related injuries and near miss incidents.