“Yes, we have labels on our panels.”
We have heard this a hundred times. This is a typical response to the question “Have you had an arc flash assessment at your facility”? Stickers on equipment do not mean you have had an arc flash assessment. Over the past 15 years, many companies have had arc flash assessments completed at their facility, but we often find that the facility isn’t really sure what was actually done. If you don’t know what you are looking for and you see arc flash labels you must assume you have what you needed. But look closer, if you can’t figure out where your arc flash report is located, if you walk around the facility and see panels or disconnects with no labels on them, you need to take a closer look beyond “Yes, we have arc flash labels.”
If you fall into any of the above categories, contact SEAM Group to complete an audit of your existing safety program. Recently, while visiting a client facility that was questioning if they had what they needed, I completed a site walk with the safety team. As we walked around the facility, I noticed several instances where the panels and the arc flash label had differing voltages on them which caused concern. We also discovered several instances where no incident energy was shown on the label, BIG RED FLAG! I began looking at the transformer nameplate data vs what was modeled in the assessment and found out that the majority of the electrical system was modeled incorrectly based on the secondary voltage of the transformer.
This was a big surprise for the company, and unfortunately we see this too often. Please know who you are working with, what their core business is, and that safety is a top priority. If you look around your facility and see arc flash labels that’s great, but please look further to ensure the safety of your employees.
SEAM Group LLC is here to help, we can provide you with an Electrical Safety Audit and ensure you have what you need. Contact us today for more information. +1.866.772.6770