If you aren’t experienced around electrical systems you may never have heard of Arc Flash. We wrote an entire post explaining what it is, and how labels are determined here. The short version as defined by CSA Z462 is:
a dangerous conditions associated with the possible release of energy caused by an electric arc.
One of the outputs of an arc flash analysis is the label. During orientation, or general electrical safety training, workers will be trained on reading the label and determine how to choose PPE for the task at hand. We develop arc flash analysis reports for our clients and if you would like to learn more you can learn more here – JMK Engineering Power System Analysis.
If you would like to learn how to develop an arc flash analysis for yourself, or someone else at your company, well we are putting together a course just to do this. It is still very much at the early stages, but if you would like to get emails as it is developed, and get a 75% discount head over to Arc Flash Course and add your email to the list.
Don’t know how to use the label?
If you have come to this page because you saw the URL on the label, but you haven’t had any arc flash training yet, we have written a short article on how to read and use the Arc Flash Label. The critical information for the non-electrical worker is the limited approach and arc flash boundaries. You should ALWAYS stay the farthest away from the equipment when there is a shock hazard present. This is typically only the case if the covers are removed, but the label will spell it out.
I need labels
If you saw the label and realized that it is out of date (they should be reviewed every 5 years) or if you don’t have labels you can contact us with the form at the end of this article, or call at +1 (902) 701-3663. And if you want to learn to develop your own labels, visit that link above and sign up. Over the next couple of months we will be developing our email course on developing your own arc flash analysis complete with videos, handouts and software tutorials.
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