For employees working with electrical equipment, electrical arc flash and shock hazards are the most dangerous potential risks in the workplace. These incidents can cause severe injury and even death. However, OSHA cites the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA 70E standard as a method of action to help prevent these costly hazards. An Electrical Hazard Analysis in the NFPA 70E 2015 edition from Engineered Electric Services, LLC can help ensure that your workplace meets the requirements and is as safe as possible for your employees.
NFPA 70E Electrical Hazard Analysis involves:
Shock Hazard Analysis
Arc Flash Hazard Analysis
More often than not, you will need the following data collected to properly perform the Arc Flash Hazard Analysis:
One Line Diagram
The available fault current from your utility
Circuit breaker nameplate data and protective settings
Cable type, sizes, count and lengths
Equipment Types and their Configuration
This analysis provides an overall report on your electrical system and the potential incident energy that might be released at each exposed energized point in the electrical distribution system. This will ensure that you can properly outfit your employees with the right personal protective equipment, PPE.
NFPA 70E requirements outline other fundamental requirements for a safe workplace, such as:
Employer and Contractor responsibility
Electrical Safety Program
Energized Electrical Work Permit
Establishing an Electrically Safe Working condition – Lock Out / Tag Out
Once you have implemented the NFPA 70E requirements, you are required to train your employees on the regulation and the proper use of personal protective equipment, PPE.
Engineered Electric Services performs Arc Flash Hazard Analysis throughout Central Florida, including Tampa, Orlando, Brandon and Lakeland, in Polk, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas and Orange Counties.
To learn more about the NFPA 70E – 2015 regulation and how an arc flash hazard analysis from Engineered Electric Services can help your business meet these requirements and create the safest environment for your employees, contact us today.