Reducing the Risk of Electrical Accidents:
> Conduct an Electrical System Arc Flash Study (Risk Assessment)
> Create, Maintain and Update Electrical Distribution Documentation
> Apply Warning Labels to All Equipment
> Conduct Safety Training for All Workers (Qualified and Non-Qualified workers)
> Ensure there is Adequate Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment on Hand
> Ensure the Proper Tools are on Hand for Safe Electrical Work
> Implement an Electrical Safety Program
> Appoint an Electrical Safety Program Manager
> Remediate high arc flash risk for your electrical workers
Electrical hazards are a significant safety and financial risk for electrical workers and their employers. While the threat of shock and electrocution from inadvertent contact with energized parts has long been recognized, the arc flash and arc blast hazards have only fairly recently been incorporated into the electrical safety standards. The recent focus on, and awareness of arc flash and arc blast hazards will play a critical role in reducing the incidence and severity of electrical accidents over time.
There is hardware with technology readily available now that can result in low (often very low) incident energy levels. Companies are well advised to implement remediation features in the design stages where often the cost difference between a system with low arc flash risk and a system with high arc flash risk is insignificant. Implementing remediation after an installation tends to be both difficult and costly.
Path to compliance with OSHA and NFPA-70E: