ARC Flash Reporting & Labeling

Our commitment is to the safety of your employees and the longevity of your equipment. OSHA standards emphasize the importance of safeguarding workers from the potential hazards of an Arc Flash. That’s where we come in.

We provide a comprehensive Arc Flash Risk Assessment, analyzing every facet of your equipment. Following our study, we also facilitate the installation of Arc Flash Hazard Warning Labels, ensuring compliance with NFPA 70E standards. Our goal is to fortify your facility against potential threats, ensuring a safe working environment and preserving the integrity of your assets.

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What is an Arc Flash?

At the heart of a facility’s operation lies its power system – a complex network of electrical components that ensure seamless functionality. While these systems provide the essential energy needed for day-to-day operations, they can also harbor potential dangers if not properly managed. One such danger is the Arc Flash.

Understanding Arc Flash:

Definition: An Arc Flash is the sudden and intense burst of energy caused by an arcing fault, which can occur between phase bus bars, neutral, or ground. It’s a rapid release of energy with devastating effects.

Intensity: To put its severity into perspective, an Arc Flash can produce heat that surpasses 35,000°F – that’s 3.5 times hotter than the surface of the sun!

Consequences: Beyond the immediate dangers of blinding light and intense heat, it can lead to severe burns, grievous injuries, and significant damage to building systems including electrical components and HVAC installations.

Why it Matters:

Our commitment is to the safety of your employees and the longevity of your equipment. OSHA standards emphasize the importance of safeguarding workers from the potential hazards of an Arc Flash. That’s where we come in.

ARC FLASH Risk Assessment:

Upon completion of our meticulous Arc Flash Risk Assessment, your facility gains robust protection against potential electrical hazards, backed by an in-depth report crafted through detailed equipment analysis. This report not only serves as a crucial safety roadmap but also as a compliance tool, aligned with the stringent NFPA 70E standards, to foster a secure and operational work environment.

Here’s what you’ll receive:

Detailed Safety Report: A comprehensive documentation package, inclusive of an electrical system single-line diagram, fault analysis, protective device study, and essential recommendations. This treasure trove of insights is designed to elevate your arc flash safety protocols, providing a clearer pathway to mitigating risks and enhancing workplace safety.

Labelled Equipment: Arc flash hazard warning labels to be affixed to your equipment. Each label is a beacon of critical safety information, including working distance, incident energy, necessary personal protective equipment (PPE), and system voltage. These labels are strategically placed for maximum visibility and awareness.

Scheduled Safety Reviews: In recognition of the dynamic nature of arc flash hazards due to inevitable changes in equipment, system layouts, or utility provisions, we commit to periodic reviews and assessments. These scheduled check-ins are your assurance of sustained compliance and safety, mirroring the evolving landscape of your operational environment.

ARC Study Phases:

At KineticAI, our six-phase approach to an Arc Flash assessment prioritizes safety and compliance.

One of our specialized engineers will initiate a meeting, focused on understanding the unique demands of your facility, and introducing your internal teams to the process ahead.

Utility data: Essential information from the utilities are obtained, such as ampacities, transformer impedance values, primary system voltage, protective equipment specifics, and short-circuit current.

Facility Insights: Through facility drawings and on-ground investigations, we extract crucial details about your electric service.

Software Modelling: By integrating all accumulated data, and by utilizing the created single-line diagrams, our engineers use cutting-edge system modeling software to simulate the intricate workings of your facility’s power systems.

Fault Analysis: This study identifies the maximum potential current at specific junctions, should a short-circuit fault manifest.
Arc Flash Potential: Our engineers harness the data from short-circuit current, protective device reaction times, and proximity to the arc, to deduce the arc flash potential.
Protective Device Study: A rigorous evaluation of your facility’s protective devices ensures they function optimally, containing overcurrent situations to the smallest affected zone.

Risk Assessment & Documentation: After a thorough analysis, the engineer compiles a comprehensive arc flash risk assessment report. This includes an electrical system single-line diagram, a fault analysis, a protective device study, and recommendations for enhancing arc flash safety.

In-depth Review & Approval: Once the report is finalized, it undergoes management review and, upon approval, is officially endorsed by a registered professional engineer.

Label Installation: We produce detailed arc flash hazard warning labels, highlighting crucial information such as working distance, incident energy, PPE category, and system voltage, and ensures precise placement on relevant equipment.

Re-evaluation and Periodic Reviews: Arc flash hazard environments may evolve with time due to changes in equipment, system configurations, or utility provisions. Periodic assessments ensure alignment with safety standards and up-to-date risk profiles.

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