Tech Tips for an Arc Flash Hazard Analysis

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Part of an electrical hazard analysis is an arc flash hazard analysis. According to NFPA 70E Section 130.3, the goal of an arc flash hazard analysis is to identify the Flash Protection Boundary, defined as "an approach limit at a distance from exposed live parts within which a person could receive a second degree burn if an electrical arc flash were to occur." It also establishes the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and appropriate safety related work practices. Performing an arc flash hazard analysis by an analytical method provides the additional benefit of an in-depth look at your electrical system. The results of the analysis can be used to reduce arc flash energies, improve overall system performance, reduce downtime and better manage costs. This white paper takes us through the hazard analysis process.