The risk is so pronounced within the Solar Industry due to the DC circuits found within typical PV installations, which can both generate and sustain arcs. DC circuits present a greater challenge than AC circuits due to the constant-current source rather than constant voltage, which makes calculating arc energies difficult.
So just what are some of the biggest Arc Flash risks for Solar Industry Personnel?
Electrical Workers, who are they, there are different types of electrical workers, they can be;
- Electrical Engineer (Various disciplines)
- Electrician (Domestic and light commercial)
- Electrician (Industrial and Mining)
- Cable Jointer
All of the above, at some time, could be exposed to arc flash hazards. However, many do not have the knowledge, skills and training to deal with arc flash hazards. The question is, what knowledge is required to be able to manage arc flash risks?
If you’re already familiar with what an Arc Flash is and what type of training, you might need to have in order to protect yourself from it the next thing you might be wondering is if there are any specifically related to Arc flash Safety Procedures.
In this article I’ll be going over the top 2 Arc Flash Safety procedures that you need to know in order to protect yourself and your team from Arc Flash.
Some believe it’s a detailed and impossibly elaborate engineering assignment... others would liken it more to assessing the risk before stepping across a set of train tracks. But which is correct?
In its truest sense, Arc Flash Safety is really a combination of things that protect workers and organizations from the destructive force of an electrical arc flash.
The key elements of Arc Flash Safety are procedures, policies, safe work practices, tools, equipment, Arc Flash PPE and engineering solutions.
But the one we are going to zero in on today is arc flash safety procedures.
In our last article we discussed what an arc flash really is and why you don’t want to be exposed to one, but we didn’t really talk about how to protect ourselves from one.
This week we go into detail on a particular segments which could save your life during an Arc Flash Event, Arc Flash PPE.