10 Steps of an Effective Arc Flash Analysis

10 Steps to an Arc Flash Safety Program

This Electrical Arc Flash Safety document is a must have in the workplace. By following these 10 steps your facility will be in compliance with OSHA and NFPA 70E 2015.

  1. The employer shall Develop, Document, and Implement a Safety Program for all employees and conduct Annual mandatory Arc Flash Safety training.
  2. The employer shall Develop, Document, and Implement an Electrical Safety Program that covers all electrical activity and controls by identifying voltage, energy level, and distribution equipment condition.
  3. The Arc Flash Analysis Safety Program must identify the NFPA 70E principles upon which the program is based. For example; Plan every job and document these procedures required for first-time work.
  4. The effective Electrical Safety Program shall identify the procedures that will be used to evaluate the Arc Flash Safety program.
  5. The Arc Flash Analysis safety program should identify potential electrical hazards that employees could encounter when working near electrical energy. The 10 Steps to an Arc Flash Safety Programprogram will further provide training that will develop safe discipline within employees.
  6. The Arc Flash Analysis Safety Program should document the procedures to be utilized when working in the Limited Approach Boundary on energized electrical equipment at or above 50 volts where hazards exist at the time work starts. Before work is started the procedure shall identify the hazards and risk process to be followed by employees. Proper Arc Flash Labels shall be on equipment. OSHA requires Arc Flash Analysis review on 5 year intervals. Changes in equipment configuration and/or protective device settings will necessitate Arc Flash Analysis review. Follow NFPA Article 130.1(B)(1),(2), and (3) concerning working on energized equipment and the written permit required to do so.
  7. An effective Arc Flash Analysis Safety Program should have Job briefing. Before starting the job the employee in charge should discuss all hazards associated with the job, correct procedures for the completing the job, mandatory precautions, energy source controls, and the requirements for PPE (personal protective equipment). If the work is repetitive for the day one briefing is sufficient before starting. If changes occur that could affect the employee’s safety, then further briefing is required. Discussions can be brief if the employee is properly trained and experienced to recognize and avoid the hazards involved. A thorough and detailed discussion should take place if …

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