Arc flash is a sudden, violent explosion that occurs when an electrical current leaps across a gap in damaged or worn equipment, or to nearby items or people. The results are often violent and when a human is in close proximity to the arc flash, serious injury and even death can occur.
With arc flash, what you don’t know CAN kill you. Arc flash incidents can impact both experienced maintenance personnel and to an employee or customer who is in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Aschinger identifies arc flash risks by reviewing:
Electrical maintenance procedures and frequencies
De-energized and energized maintenance procedures
Trending of maintenance data
Personal protective equipment requirements