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Blog Author Steve Hudgik

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Arc Flash: Not My Fault

NFPA 70E puts the responsibility for protecting against arc flash injuries on the owner of the equipment. But, more and more responsibility for arc flash safety is being pushed onto equipment manufacturers.  Buyers are requiring design features that reduce the potential of an arc flash, such as isolating the high-voltage areas from the low voltage areas.

ControlDesign.com has published an article about the design features OEMs are starting to include in equipment to make the equipment safer.  New features include: "data taps and/or Lexan windows in panel doors so they don't have to be opened as often, installing interlocks and other hardware that make it harder for users to open panels without thinking, and coordinating fuse protection."

The article looks at the issue of who is responsible for arc flash safety, as well as looking at equipment from a number of manufacturers and what they are doing to improve arc flash safety.  You can read article here: http://www.controldesign.com/articles/2012/hand-arc-flash-not-my-fault.html?page=full

Related Past Posts:
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20 Years Of Electrical Safety Data
Electrical Safety In Construction

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