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Arc Flash Studies

MCIS: Arc Flash Study & Analysis

An arc flash is one of the greatest threats facing your data center or critical power facility. A thorough, in-depth arc flash study is the key to determining what level of threat exists in your facility, and what you need to do to work safely and avoid that threat.

An arc flash occur when a short circuit from a phase bus bar is conducted through the air, reaching incredibly high levels of heat and vaporizing anything in its path, sending out shrapnel into the surrounding area as it goes. It should go without saying that an arc flash is something that you, as a facility administrator, should attempt to avoid at all costs. At its most basic level, an arc flash can cause downtime for your facility, which is always a bad thing, as it means the facility is not able to continue meeting the needs of the business.

At the same time, an arc flash can cause much greater damage than that, destroying many thousands of dollarsí worth of equipment in a matter of seconds, and possibly leading to serious injury or even death for your staff. Working with an experienced partner like Miller Critical Infrastructure Solutions (MCIS) can help you identify what level of arc flash threat exists in your infrastructure, allowing you to take the appropriate steps to mitigate or work around that risk.

MCIS Arc Flash Studies Help Protect Whatís Important To Your Facility

Since the 1980s, MCIS has been helping our customers run safer critical infrastructure facilities by addressing major threats like arc flashes. Today, we are continuing that tradition by offering customers like you in-depth arc flash studies that help keep infrastructures safe from one of the greatest threats facing them.

Working with MCIS to conduct your arc flash studies can offer your facility the ability to:

  • Meet regulatory requirements, but go above and beyond them when necessary
  • Keep employees educated about the risks involved with arc flash
  • Avoid being overly cautious

Meet Regulatory Requirements, but Go Above and Beyond When Necessary

As any critical infrastructure facility manager could tell you, complying with industry and government regulations is always a good idea. Failing to do so could result in significant financial fines and damage to the reputation of the facility. When it comes to arc flashes, there are several different regulations that your facility needs to be concerned with, including regulations from OSHA, NFPA, and IEEE. MCIS can help you understand these regulations, and demonstrate compliance with them.

At the same time, regulations exist for a good reason: to ensure the safety of your staff and facility. Even so, sometimes the regulations don’t go as far as they should. MCIS can also help you identify the situations when complying with the letter of the law doesn’t provide you with enough protection from arc flashes.

Keep Employees Educated about the Risks Involved with Arc Flash

Your employees are the ones who have to put themselves at risk of exposure to arc flash on a daily basis. MCIS arc flash studies can help show them where the greatest levels of risk exist, so that they are able to wear the appropriate PPE and use the appropriate level of caution when working in those areas.

In addition, MCIS arc flash services don’t stop after a one-time test. We’ll also help you install arc flash warning labels in the appropriate places, and add information about working safely in sensitives areas to your facility’s documentation. In short, we’ll help make arc flash awareness a permanent and ongoing part of your facility.

Avoid Being Overly Cautious

One of the interesting concepts about arc flashes as a threat is that facility admins are at just a big of a risk from being overly cautious as they are from not being cautious enough. When many facility managers think about the horrific outcome that arc flashes can lead to, their immediate reaction is to require employees to wear an unnecessarily high level of PPE, which can restrict movement and make it difficult for employees to do their day-to-day tasks in some situations.

Instead of insisting on a level of caution that is unnecessary and counterproductive, MCIS helps infrastructure admins understand where the threats really are, and recommends an appropriate level of response. As a result, critical infrastructure facilities are able to strike the perfect balance of working safely and working productively.

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