An arc flash study/analysis is an engineering study performed per IEEE1584 standards that determines the amount of current that could flow at any point in an electrical system, and the timing required for the nearest circuit protective device to operate to clear a fault.
The purpose of this study is to:
Determine the risk of personnel injury as a result of exposure to incident energy released during an arc-flash event
Provide recommendations for appropriate arc-flash hazard protection
Inform the personnel about the existing arc flash hazard
Assure compliance with OSHA, NEC, and NFPA 70E requirements
Based upon the results of an arc-flash hazard analysis, the rating of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, flame retardant shirts and pants, eye protection, etc., can be properly selected for adequate personnel protection. Arc flash labels with this information will be provided as a part of this study.