Arc Flash Consulting

The Jacman Group provides Arc Flash Consulting for Electrical Safety in the workplace. We help companies of all sizes and across all industries navigate the complex, ongoing process of NFPA 70E and OSHA electrical safety compliance. This includes electrical system data collection, electric system modeling and analysis, engineering analysis, equipment labeling, and a finalized report for the results and recommendations.

About Arc Flash

Electrical arcs consist of currents that pass through air gaps that cannot sustain voltage buildup. An arc flash is the result of an immediate and dangerous release of significant energy levels emitted from electrical equipment. This energy manifests itself as light, sound, blast waves, and heat, and may consist of materials such as aluminum, steel, and vaporized copper.

Factors Contributing to Arc Flash

There are a number of factors that could cause arc flash, such as:

  • Faulty electrical components
  • Aged or defective electrical components
  • Personnel failing to follow proper safety protocols during operation or maintenance
  • Employee mistakes such as dropping tools into switchboards that are energized during maintenance
  • The contacts become overheated because of corrosion or loose connections
  • The relay systems don’t provide adequate protection
  • Ferroresonance is generated within the instrument transformers
  • The electrical components are exposed to corrosive, humid, or harsh environments

Not only can an arc flash create serious damage to costly electrical equipment, but it can also lead to the serious injury or even death of workers. That is why it is essential to regularly assess arc flash risks within the workplace as well as periodic infrared (IR) facility scans.

What is Arc Flash Risk Assessment?

An arc flash risk assessment is an engineering study of your electrical distribution system to determine the electrical/arc flash risk factors and how to mitigate them.

We begin with data collection, where field experts will gather the necessary system info from your company’s electrical system. Next, we perform electric system modeling where a digitized model is created based on the electrical units within your facility so an engineering analysis can be completed. During the engineering analysis, we perform multiple tasks such as Incident Energy Analysis, Short Circuit Analysis, Protective Device Interrupt Rating Analysis, and Protective Device Coordination Analysis.

Upon completion, site-specific NFPA 70E -Compliant Arc Flash Labels are applied noting PPE requirements for each specific device, and we’ll provide a detailed report of our findings and recommendations for mitigating arc flash hazards and the level of PPE required.

Benefits of Arc Flash Consulting

Having a qualified, experienced Arc Flash Consulting team to turn to could be instrumental in helping you and your company navigate the complexities of NFPA 70E and OSHA electrical safety compliance. Our team has extensive experience in arc flash risk assessment, consulting, and training. We are thorough and practical in our approach to deliver clients with the most comprehensive support possible that always ensures they remain compliant with OSHA and NFPA 70E.

Why Choose The Jacman Group?

The Jacman Group is a team of Arc Flash Consulting professionals with 20+ years of experience in the industry. Both our and our clients’ goals are to walk away with a solid understanding of how to remain safe in the workplace so employees can perform their jobs to the best of their abilities. 

Employers are responsible for assessing the risk of arc flash within their workplace and may be held legally liable if their employees are injured or sustain fatalities because they failed to do it. The Jacman Group operates within IEEE Std 1584.1 and the latest NFPA 70E standards, making us more than well-equipped to assess and consult on arc flash training for you.

To learn more about our arc flash consulting services, contact us today!