Complying with all OSHA requirements is essential for the success of any manufacturing, warehousing, or other company. Not only will this help to avoid any fines or penalties, but it will also help to ensure your employees and facility are as safe as possible. Unfortunately, OSHA’s requirements aren’t always as clear as they could be. This is true when it comes to arc flash safety. One of the best ways to improve arc flash safety is by performing an arc flash analysis.
Arc Flash Analysis Requirements
While OSHA doesn’t specifically state that you must perform an arc flash analysis, they do make it clear that electrical safety is required. Under Section 5 of the OSHA Act, it is clear that an employer has a duty to provide employees with a workplace that is ‘free from recognized hazards.’ An arc flash is considered a recognized hazard of electrical systems.
In addition, Since August of 1990, OSHA 1910.335 has required that employers provide personal protection equipment to employees who work in areas where there are electrical hazards. They specifically include the risk of arc flashes. In order to follow this requirement from OSHA, the employer must know where the risk of an arc flash exists. This, of course, will require an arc flash analysis.
Performing an Arc Flash Analysis
Performing a comprehensive arc flash analysis will allow you to identify the specific areas in your facility where there is danger coming from each electrical system. This way you will be able to implement policies that require employees to wear the necessary personal protection equipment in those areas. Once done, your workplace will be in compliance with the OSHA requirements, and will also be a much safer environment for your employees. Of course, you’ll also have to supply the necessary personal protection equipment, identify the areas where the PPE is needed using floor marking tape or other markings, and ensure employees are following the procedures for safety.
- How do I complete an arc flash hazard analysis?
- Are arc flash labels required?
- How do I prevent an arc flash from happening?
- Who is at risk of an arc flash?
- Who needs arc flash training?
- How can I mark off arc flash boundaries?