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Arc Flash Analysis: What do I need to do?

Posted on July 28, 2009

Once you’ve determined you need an arc flash analysis, there are important steps to take to prepare your facility for the study. It starts with realizing that an analysis consists of four main phases: Data Gathering; Engineering and Analysis; Report Presentation, PPE Procurement, and Labeling; and Training. Each stage will require something different from your […]

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Electrical Safety: The need to de-energize

Posted on July 6, 2009

NFPA 70E emphasizes, above all else, the critical need to de-energize equipment before performing maintenance. This story from the AP, out of Fort Wayne, Ind., is a tragic example of why this is so important. We don’t know details including what, if any, PPE was used at the time of the accident, but we do […]

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Arc Flash Safety: A Q&A on PPE

Posted on June 24, 2009

I had an arc-flash analysis completed on my facility. Now I have labels that describe the calculated incident energy, boundaries, and PPE category for each enclosure. What clothing do my people need? My clothing manufacturer says my 10.8 ATPV coveralls are Category 2, but I have a label that says 10.8 cal/cm2 is Category 3. […]

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Wellness and Arc Flash Prevention

Posted on June 10, 2009

Another tragic death involving an electrical accident out of Ohio. A thorough arc flash analysis with action to mitigate hazards is the best way to prevent these types of occurrences. Yet, there is also a role for employee wellness programs to keep your people safe. While our arc flash and maintenance training services are second-to-none, […]

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Arc Flash Analyses are not "One and Done"

Posted on April 15, 2009

Keeping an arc-flash analysis up to date is as important as having a study done for the first time. Here are some questions to answer to determine if your study needs an update: 1. Have you done construction or renovation? Any addition or modification to the electrical system can have an affect on incident energy […]

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Arc Flash – More common than you think

Posted on April 9, 2009

People often fail to recognize that arc flash incidents occur relatively frequently. The reason these incidents fly under the radar is that when they are reported by local media, they are almost never referred to as an “arc flash” (if they make the news at all). Take this story from a Kansas television station as […]

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An Open Letter to the CEO: The Business Argument for Electrical Safety

Posted on February 27, 2009

Dear CEO: Allow me to cut to the chase: It is imperative your organization invests the money and resources needed to improve electrical safety in your facilities. The best way to do this is adherence to NFPA 70E. This could be argued from a human interest perspective, and I have ample anecdotal evidence of terrible […]

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What Data is Required to Perform an Arc Flash Study/Analysis?

Posted on January 15, 2009

Required Equipment In order to accurately perform an arc flash study many key components about the electrical system and the equipment need to be collected. First, a single-line diagram has to be generated that accurately represents the electrical distribution system from the utility source down to the individual panels, MCC’s, and switchboards in the system. […]

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January 2009 NESC Assessment and PPE Deadline

Posted on October 24, 2008

Coming up in January there will be a requirement from the NESC that addresses Electrical Safety Training, Arc Flash Analysis, and PPE. The below are a few items to note when determining if your facility will be in compliance. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Lewellyn Technology at 800-242-6673 or lewellyn.com […]

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