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Arc Flash Analysis

An Arc Flash is a dangerous event where electrical current jumps through ionized air from one conductor to another, causing a flashover. This release of electricity and light into the air leads to an explosive burst of extreme heat, which can significantly damage equipment and lead to severe injuries or fatalities.

Through our comprehensive Arc Flash Analysis services, we strive to equip organizations with the awareness and tools necessary to implement effective safety measures, ensuring the well-being of both personnel and assets.

Why Arc Flash Analysis?

According to Article 130.5 of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 70E, Arc Flash Risks must be reviewed following any major modification or renovation, or at least every five years. This means that any changes to your electrical system that could affect arc flash energy levels require an immediate review by performing an Arc Flash Analysis.

It's important to note that the 2015 edition of the NFPA 70E standard replaced the term "hazard risk category" with "PPE category." Therefore, any existing labels that mention a hazard risk category need to be updated. 

Arc flash protection standards are regularly updated, and these revisions can directly influence the calculated energy levels, potentially necessitating additional personal protective equipment (PPE).

To be compliant with NFPA 70E, labels must include the following information:

  • Nominal system voltage

  • Arc flash boundary

  • At least one of the following:

    • Available incident energy and the corresponding working distance, or the arc flash PPE category for the equipment, but not both

    • Minimum arc rating of clothing

    • Site-specific level of PPE

Discover Our Expertise

Our expert team at Volta collaborates closely with site management teams to develop and implement innovative, site-specific safety and personal protective equipment (PPE) solutions.

At Volta, we understand

  • The necessary requirements to protect people and assets by minimizing arc flash risk

  • The necessary criteria to comply with OSHA and NFPA 70E standards

  • Facilities often have varying requirements, which can complicate the implementation of a safety/PPE program. Volta considers these unique factors, designs PPE programs tailored to each facility, and works closely with the teams to ensure smooth transitions to innovative PPE solutions.

Contact us for an Arc Flash evaluation!


What Our Clients Say

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"The primary advantage I anticipate for my facility from implementing [Volta's] new arc flash label system is that maintenance personal will know proper PPE required at a glance. Eliminates the need to always refer to NFPA deciding what is needed."
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