Under usual circumstances, an arc flash hazard occurs. This produces an electrically induced injury in the work place with more than enough severe consequences, among which are skin burns, respiratory challenges, the loss of hearing and eye damage. It is difficult for work station managers and supervisors to monitor and prevent such incidents because the arc flash occurs within fractions of a second. That is telling.
Where electrical installations occur it therefore becomes imperative that all business owners initiate the regular practice of an arc flash hazard analysis. Such an analysis, as part of the business’s regular risk management program, should only be carried out by qualified engineering and electrical maintenance professionals. These professionals will be able to detect the amount of energy generated within an arc flash incident and feed warning signals to the company’s risk manager.
Both the professionals and company risk managers will need to be on the lookout for the following defects or industrial environmental occurrences; the occurrence and accumulation of dust and corrosion, condensation, faulty installations and the mishandling of tools or electrical and/or engineering equipment. Malfunctioning of equipment will also be looked out for. The inspection and monitoring of industrial premises is no guarded secret and is informed by Section 5 (a) (1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration act.
The legislation in force assures company owners and their staff that a safe and harmless work environment can be provided for. This is done through training, the administration of outreach programs and ongoing education and assistance wherever and whenever needed. Benefits accrue to those companies which closely observe the act and take full advantage of the professional risk management services in place to monitor arc flash hazard occurrences and prevent them.