An arc flash study is based on the regulations and recommendations set out in the IEEE 1584 standards. The purpose of the study is to identify the maximum incident energy and arc flash boundary at every point of the network. Understanding the magnitude of the hazard is a key starting point when preparing control measures to protect workers. Our experience and expertise with arc flash studies and related works is widely recognised in Ireland, the UK and internationally and we are used across multiple industries.
ARC FLASH RISK MANAGEMENT
Our team of highly trained engineers have extensive experience in identifying and treating arc flash hazards and electrical risks within industrial environments. We have worked with clients all over Ireland, the UK and internationally since 2001.
WHAT IS AN ARC FLASH STUDY?
WHAT WE DO
ARC FLASH ASSESSMENT
We survey and model your electrical network, and calculate prospective arc energy levels.
ARC FLASH MITIGATION
Using our models and assessments we recommend measures to reduce arc flash risks.
ARC FLASH PROTECTION
Based on our recommendations we help you implement the required labelling, PPE and equipment.
ARC FLASH SAFETY TRAINING
Further training can be provided by our accredited team, based on your facility’s bespoke needs.
ARC FLASH AND THE LAW
Health and safety legislation in Ireland and the UK imposes numerous duties on employers and the self-employed (contractors) in relation to Arc Flash and electrical safety in general. Employers must ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, the safety, health, and welfare of employees at work and any other persons who may be affected by their undertakings (Safety, Health & Welfare at Work Act 2005 in ROI, The Health and Safety at Work Etc. Act 1974/N.I Order 1978 in UK). This general duty extends to the provision and maintenance of safe plant and systems, and also the provision of information, instruction, training, and supervision as is necessary. Arc Flash and other hazards associated with electricity must be managed in this context.
More specifically, employers must make a suitable and adequate assessment of the risks to health and safety, and to put in place the necessary preventive and protective measures (2005 Act in ROI, Safety at Work Regulations 1999/N.I. 2000 in UK).
Persons engaged in any work activity involving electricity must be competent to prevent danger (Safety, Health & Welfare at Work General Application Regs. 2007 Part 3 in ROI, Electricity at Work Regs. 1989/N.I.1991 in UK). That means, not only to have the appropriate technical knowledge but also understanding of the hazards, risks and work precautions to be observed.
ADDITIONAL ARC FLASH ANALYSIS SERVICE INCLUDE:
- Advice on Arc Flash Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Network Modelling of your facilities using advanced modelling tools for electrical networks
- Load Flow Study to determine the best operation of your existing system and to plan for future expansion.
- Short Circuit Calculations to protect personnel and equipment during system upgrade and design.
- Protection Coordination grading the protection settings throughout the plant in such a way that disruption and interruption of production equipment and systems is minimised in the event of a short circuit or earth fault taking place.
FEATURED CASE STUDY
AES Power Plant - Arc Flash Risk Measurement & Reduction
We worked directly with AES to provide a detailed analysis of their electrical network, assess the protection grading throughout the station, evaluating the risk of arc flash hazard, and providing appropriate mitigation measures. Premium Power conducted a full survey of the electrical infrastructure and collated all information into an advanced power systems model.
”"Premium Power determined that it was advisable to introduce new protection settings at a number of locations, in order to improve the reliability of the electrical network, as well as providing safer working conditions in electrical switch rooms. Proposed protection settings were also provided in order to significantly reduce the severity of the potential arc flash hazard at a number of points along the network."Barry NicholsonElectrical Projects Engineer