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Arc Flash Studies

Arc flash incidents are highly concentrated radiant thermal energy resulting from an arcing fault between two points. These potentially devastating events kill or injure people every day. An up-to-date arc flash study helps mitigate these hazards by calculating the limited and restricted approach boundaries inside which workers must use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).

Ensuring safety and meeting regulatory requirements can be difficult to accomplish in-house without the assistance of resources familiar with industry standards and recommended practices. Vertiv’s NETA-certified technicians receive ongoing education and adhere to strict standards in safety and electrical testing knowledge when performing an arc flash study.

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  • Data Center/Colocation/Hosting
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing
  • Oil and Gas
  • Power Generation
  • Power/Gas Transmission and Distribution

Features

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Data collection includes critical equipment information that is necessary to perform accurate arc flash hazard analysis
Arc flash calculations are performed with state-of-the-art software and in accordance with the standards of NFPA and IEEE
Comprehensive reporting, including the results of the hazard analysis and expert recommendations, helps ensure compliance with OSHA and NFPA standards

Benefits

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Improved regulatory compliance results from performing arc flash hazard analysis in accordance with industry guidelines 
Improved worker safety is achieved by identifying potential hazards and implementing recommendations to mitigate risk 
Greater productivity occurs by reducing business disruption and lost man hours that can result from arc flash incidents 
Enhanced system performance results from improved maintenance practices and preventing equipment damage 

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Frequently Asked Questions
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What is an arcing fault?
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An arcing fault is the flow of current through the air between phase conductors or phase conductors and neutral or ground.
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What causes an electrical arc?
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An arc occurs when electric current flows between two or more separated energized conducting surfaces. Some arcs are caused by human error including dropped tools, accidental contact with electrical systems, and improper work procedures. Another common cause of an arc is insulation failure.
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What can happen if I am exposed to arc flash?
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Exposure to an arc flash frequently results in a variety of serious injuries, and in some cases, death. Workers have been injured even though they were 10 feet or more away from the arc center.
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What can I do to reduce my risk to arc flash exposure?
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Preventive maintenance, worker training, and an effective safety program can significantly reduce arc flash exposure.
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Are all arcs equal?
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No. You must conduct a hazard assessment to determine the level (intensity) of energy from the arc in calories. Then you can determine the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) needed.

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