Arc Flash Training and Studies: Not a “One and Done”

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ErieTec wants to make sure that your plant is operating safely. That means reducing the risk of an arc flash event causing harm to your people or your equipment. We work together with Eaton in order to educate you and your team members, and also to execute studies on location to make sure that you’re abiding by the law – and keeping yourselves safe.

You probably already know the importance of arc flash training and studies, but in case you don’t, watch Eaton’s quick video below to get a better understand of what exactly arc flash means.

“But I’ve Already Completed Arc Flash Training!”

You’ve already gotten your plant’s arc flash study completed, and your employees are all trained. Now you’re done, right? Not indefinitely. As time goes on, you are likely to make changes to the components of your plant and these changes will affect the accuracy of the analysis. Similarly, you make changes to the members of your team. As time passes and new hires are added, you need to do another training.

Every 3 Years: Training

NFPA 70E section 110.2(D)(3) specifies additional as-needed worker training under certain conditions, but it also mandates retraining all qualified workers at an interval not to exceed three years. Some companies have adopted a yearly retraining policy, due to the importance of the NFPA 70E electrical safety concepts.

Every 5 Years: New Study

Section 130.5 of NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace specifies that arc flash hazard analysis shall be updated whenever there is a major modification or renovation to the electrical system, or a maximum of every five years to account for the many little changes that can have a big impact on study results.

Do you need to get up to date with your testing and training? Contact us! We’re happy to help with all your electrical safety needs.