Arc flash safety is paramount when it comes to electrical work. It can cause external and internal burns, intoxication, sight and hearing damage, and blindness, among other life-threatening injuries. In some cases, it can even cause death. Here is everything you need to know about it.
What is an arc flash?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) defines an arc flash as “a phenomenon where a flashover of electric current leaves its intended path and travels through the air from one conductor to another, or to ground.” If working on energized circuits is required, then OSHA mandates employers to develop and enforce safety practices to prevent injuries resulting from direct or indirect electrical contacts.
An arc flash could be triggered by many things, including accidental touching, condensation, corrosion, dropping uninsulated tools, dust, faulty installation, and equipment failure, among others. Studies also show that low voltage is riskier than high voltage, as hazard severity is higher in low voltage scenarios in comparison with high voltage.
How to protect against arc flash
There is no surefire way to prevent an arc flash, but employers can equip their employees with ample protection and knowledge to minimize the risk. For instance, providing awareness and training on how to use equipment or how to act when working live on damaged equipment could make the difference between an injury-free work zone and one at risk of electric flashes.
Another way to keep employees safe is to give them arc flash safety gear. PPEs, insulated tools, insulating gloves, and other protective gear can help keep your employees safe.
KC Supply Co, a leading provider when it comes to industrial and manufacturing safety equipment, provides a whole array of safety gear for employees. Contact us today to find out how you can keep your employees safe amid the growing safety concerns in the industry.