Arc Flash Evaluations and Mitigation

What We Do

Design Systems, Inc. continues to be a leader in assisting the manufacturing community with plant specific safety programs to ensure employee safety and company compliance. One such area that can literally mean the difference between life or death is compliance with regulations NFPA 70E and CSA Z462 dealing with Arc Flash Safety.

Our talented group of electrical engineers will lead your organization through the entire Arc Flash process to ensure your plant employees are safe and your company fully meets all the OSHA and industry consensus standards.

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Field Data Collection and Accurate One-Line Diagrams
Short Circuit / Equipment Duty Analysis and Protective Device Coordination
Perform Arc Flash Hazard Calculations based on IEEE-1584 or NFPA 70E formulas and guidelines
Conduct an Electrical Safety Program that defines safe work practices, obtain Energized Work Permit compliant with 70E/Z462 and OSHA
Develop Safety Training based on safe work practices, Install Arc Flash labels compliant with ANSI Z535
Train & Label
Determine Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) based on Arc Flash Calculations, Plan for System Maintenance to ensure proper equipment operation
How We Do It
At Design Systems, Inc., safety is our number one priority. Our engineers will expertly analyze your facility, identify potential issues, provide recommendations for corrective action, and ensure you are in full compliance. We will work with you to provide ongoing training, labeling, maintenance, and a comprehensive safety program, saving you money while protecting your most valuable investment: your employees.
Why We Do It
  • Written Electrical Safety Program
    • The focus of NFPA 70E/CSA Z462 is to be in compliance to work on any energized equipment and reduce electrical incidents.

  • Employee Training Program Class
    • Improve safety culture and provide knowledge to reduce electrical incidents. Statistics (ISHN) show there are still 30,000 electrical incidents and 400 fatalities per year in the USA.

  • Electrical Power System Analysis
    • Using power system software that meets latest standards, our Electrical Power System Analysis includes short circuit, device coordination and arc flash analysis: Tools to comply with NFPA and OSHA standards.

  • Up-To-Date One Line Drawings
    • Provide accurate source and destination of power to reduce production downtime and increase safety.
      Equipment Duty Verification: Ensure properly-rated equipment to avoid unplanned outage/production downtime in event of a short-circuit fault and equipment destruction.

  • Arc Flash Recommendations
    • Arc flash hazard energy reduction/mitigation recommendations reduce cost of maintenance.

  • Risk Analysis / Energized Electrical Work Permits
    • Risk Analysis / Energized Electrical Work Permits, the cornerstone of 70E/Z462: Before any energized work is performed, identify all hazards and risks of the work task, including human error. Leadership approval and accountability to ensure acceptable level of hazard/risk or wait for planned outage.

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Requirements
    • Electrical system changes (fuse type, settings) or lack of maintenance, affects PPE requirements.

  • Engineered and Installed Solutions
    • Implement arc flash energy mitigation solutions and avoid unplanned power outages.

  • Electrical Safety Audits And Maintenance
    • Corrected deficiencies reduces electrical incidents.

  • Ongoing Training and Safety Program
    • Ongoing Arc Flash training and electrical safety program training for your employees.  Improve moral and culture of safety in your facility.

  • Employee Safety: Develop a culture of safety in your facility.
  • OSHA Compliance (Electrical safety program/Work Permit): Provide workers with proper support required for their job functions increases moral and decreases incidents.
  • Updated one-line diagrams and ongoing training: Enables the work to get done more quickly, efficiently and safely.
  • Equipment Duty verification: Many facilities have improperly applied equipment that will not withstand the available fault current. Properly rated equipment avoids unplanned outages and expensive disaster recovery costs.

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