Arc Flash is a term that has been popping up a lot more recently and for good reason. An Arc Flash is an explosion of electrical energy due to an electrical arc caused by either a phase-to-ground or phase-to-phase fault. The fault can be caused by many different things including; unsafe work procedures, unintentional contact with live electrical parts, electrical equipment that is poorly maintained, dirt, dust, corrosion, or other carbon buildup, loose or dislodged hardware, etc. The list could go on an on.
The point is, an arc flash can produce higher temperatures than the sun’s surface (9,000 degrees Fahrenheit) with the hottest temperatures reaching 35,000 degrees Fahrenheit and should be avoided at all costs. Injuries can be fatal. People actually die.
So why do you need to learn about this and what are you supposed to do about it? First, the Why? Due to the severe injury and death that can be caused by an arc flash, OSHA states that you will protect your employees from all electrical hazards, especially arc flash. The problem most companies find is that OSHA doesn’t explain how to do that. That’s where NFPA 70E comes in. NFPA 70E bridges the gap between what OSHA says about electrical hazards and how to actually comply with what they said.
Now, what can you do to comply with OSHA regarding arc flash and NFPA 70E? The easy answer is: give us a call. JTI Services can help your facility comply with OSHA and NFPA 70E by providing an Arc Flash Risk Assessment (also referred to as; Arc Flash Hazard Assessment, Arc Flash Analysis, Arc Flash Hazard Analysis) that ensures compliance with NFPA 70E and also helps keep your employees safe.
Advantages of Hiring JTI Services
- We integrate with your safety manager and make it easy to establish an electrically safe work environment
- JTI has engineers licensed in the lower 48 states
- JTI’s project management system allows us to handle multiple projects with multi-facility companies
- We deliver 11”x17” and Arch E schematics as well as ANSI compliant labels
- We keep things simple and just plain make it easy for you
Why JTI Services for your Arc Flash Risk Assessment?
Why should you call JTI Services for an Arc Flash Risk Assessment? Because we actually care, that’s why. We care about your employee safety as well as any electrical contractors or technicians you have working in your facilities. Completing an Arc Flash Risk Assessment with us not only tells OSHA that you are up to date with your compliance but it also tells your employees and contractors that you care about them and their safety. Keeping a safe work environment free of electrical hazards is what OSHA wants and teaming up with JTI Services is how you can accomplish that. Knowing that every facility is unique and in need of a customized Arc Flash Risk Assessment, let our team of experienced consultants, electricians, and technicians deliver for you.
How We Complete An Arc Flash Risk Assessment
At JTI Services, we utilize an easy-to-understand but detailed three-phase process to complete our arc flash risk assessments. The goal is to determine potential arc flash incident energies, arc flash boundaries, shock hazard boundaries, and proper personal protective equipment (PPE) for all energized electrical system equipment tasks for the electrical system equipment studied. Additionally, we also perform a comprehensive electrical system condition audit.
A Brief Overview of Our Three Phase Process:
Our field service engineers complete an assessment of your facility and collect data on the electrical system. We use the data to develop detailed single-line drawings for the engineering analysis.
We analyze the data collected to evaluate the electrical system, complete an arc flash risk assessment using IEEE 1584 and NFPA 70E. Our licensed professional engineers complete the electrical system coordination and mitigation studies. All warning labels are created at this time. Computer generated drawings are prepared using SKM software.
Our field service engineers return to your facility to install all warning labels. We will then deliver to you the following reports explained by our experts to your key safety persons: Short Circuit Analysis, Protective Device Coordination Review, Interrupting Rating Analysis, Arc Flash Hazard Analysis, Warning Labels – Compliant to ANSI Z535.4-1998, Single-line schematics in both 11″ x 17″ and Architect E sized drawings.
Is your facility compliant with NFPA 70E?