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Blog Author Steve Hudgik
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Should Arc Flash Danger Labels Ever Be Used?Some say that a DANGER label should be used when the incident energy exposure is greater than 40 cal/cm sq. Others say that DANGER labels never should be used for arc flash because an arc flash is rare, and ANSI code only calls for a DANGER label when the hazard will result in death or serious injury.
What do you think? Should WARNING labels be used in all cases? Are there instances in which as DANGER label should be used?
I'm not avoiding the question, but in this case the right answer is: what do you think?
There is nothing in the NFPA or ANSI code that answers this question. So the answer is that you must do what you think is right, then stick to it as a standard throughout your facility. Then be sure everyone is properly trained on how arc flash labels are being used in your facility.
Here are some questions to ask yourself: If you are using both warning and danger arc flash labels, what is the difference? When is a danger label used instead of a warning label? If you are using just warning labels for arc flash, is this consistent with how labels are used throughout your facility and how should workers respond? Or you may choose to always use danger labels for arc flash.
Whatever approach you take, establishing a standard, sticking to it, and training people to understand that standard are essential for ensuring a safe workplace.
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