Stay safe while on the job is something that both employees and employers should hold in high importance regardless of the business or environment. This is especially true when there is the possibility to come into contact with electricity. An accident involving electricity, by its nature, can prove fatal and all precautions should be taken to avoid them. An arc flash is the light and heat produced when an electrical explosion or discharge travels a low impendence through the air to another voltage area of an electrical system or to the ground. It is extremely dangerous and should be avoided. There are a number of ways to prevent arc flashes from occurring.
De-energize Any Equippment Before Working On It
One of the most effective ways to stop the occurrence of an arc flash is to eliminate the potential for it to occur. This means never working on a piece of equipment while it is still energized. Care should be taken during the testing phase while equipment is being de-energized and during the re-energize stage after work has been completed.
Perform Analysis Of Potential Hazards
Knowledge is power and, in this case, the collection of data identifying which points in a facility’s power distribution is highly beneficial. Software that performs arch flash hazard analysis is a vital tool to predict and prevent any future hazards.
Implement Remote Operation
Another thing to keep in mind is to implement technology and resources that alleviate the need to have workers exposed to a potential arc flash. This can be achieved with remote equipment that can access circuit breakers and be controlled by workers who perform these tasks outside the boundaries of where an arc flash may occur.
There are a number of other steps available to those who are tasked with understanding arc flashes and maintaining a safe work environment. As many of these steps that are necessary to lessen the occurrence of an arc flash should be considered and implemented to prevent one from happening.