Written by Steve Hudgik
An Arc Flash Program is an overall plan that covers all aspects of arc flash safety and compliance. The purpose of an arc flash program is to keep those working on or near an electrical system, safe. The arc flash program, through a variety of methods, ensures workers and contractors follow the safety rules related to electrical work.
The most important safety principle underlying all electrical work is to avoid working on energized equipment. This is the foundation of an arc flash program. Electrical equipment should be de-energized before someone works on it, unless one of the following conditions exists:
An Arc Flash Program is typically defined in a written document. That document will usually include information such as:
The Arc Flash Program document should be available for anyone to read at any time. Regularly scheduled retraining, which includes reviewing the requirements of your Arc Flash Program, should be conducted as needed. For example, a review of your Arc Flash Program might be appropriate just before the start of a major maintenance outage.
Labeling is a key component of an Arc Flash Program. The NFPA 70E requires labels and that certain information must be on your arc flash labels. However, it does not specify label design. With a DuraLabel printer you can make arc flash labels that meet whatever design requirement you have. Call 1-888-326-9244 to get information about DuraLabel printers. Ask for some free sample labels and ask about DuraLabel Arc Flash Labeling Kits.
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