NFPA 70E defines Arc Flash Hazard as:
“A source of possible injury or damage to health associated with the release of energy caused by an electric arc.”
The standard states that the Employer is responsible for training, establishing, documenting and implementing safety-related work practices and procedures. Part of this requirement involves establishing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when dealing with electrical equipment and devices.
VT Power Engineering provides full turn-key service for Arc-Flash Hazard Analysis to meet the NFPA 70E requirements for existing and new facilities. Our service not only provide Arc Flash Hazard Analysis but also a comprehensive study of your electrical system. Brief description of the study methodology is described below.
If required, we provide detail audit of your facility to create accurate system one-line drawings and documentation. From the documentation, we construct an electrical system model and determine available operating scenarios. This model is used as the basis for the Arc-Flash and Power System Study.
After completion of system model, initial step is to perform short-circuit analysis per ANSI C37 standards. These results are used for Equipment Evaluation Study to compare the calculated fault current levels with the interrupting ratings. The calculated short-circuit values are also used in selection of settings for overcurrent protective devices and arc-flash hazard analysis.
Next step is the Coordination Study. This process determines recommend settings for the overcurrent protective devices to:
Final step is the Arc Flash Hazard Analysis which is performed per IEEE 1584 method/ NFPA 70E 2018 Annex D.4. During this process, calculations are performed to determine approach boundaries to live parts for shock protection, arc-flash protection and incident energy available for pertinent locations throughout the system.
Once complete, we provide a full report including:
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