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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Preventing Arc Flash Injuries

I just found an excellent article about "Preventing Arc Flash Injuries" in Occupational Hazards Magazine. This article provides more detail than most in describing what needs to be done to establish a safety practices that prevent arc flash injuries.

The article points out that "Many managers and supervisors are asking 'why the interest' and more to the point, many are saying, 'I don't see how this affects me or my people. We have never had an arc flash incident.'"

Statistics from from a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health study show why taking measures to prevent arc flash injuries is important. In the ten year period of1992 through 2001 there were 17,101 injuries caused by electric arc flash burns.

This article lists six steps for preventing arc flash injuries:

Step 1. The Arc Flash Hazard Analysis
Step 2. Gather the Information
Step 3. Perform an Arc Flash Study
Step 4. Choose the Proper PPE
Step 5. Label Your Equipment
Step 6. Train Your Workers

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