A report published in Industrial Safety and Hygiene News estimated that every day in the U.S. there are up to 10 arc flash incidents, which results in an average of over 30,000 arc flash incidents every year. The report went on to estimate that those incidents resulted in an average annual total of 7,000 burn injuries, 2,000 hospitalizations, and 400 fatalities per year.
With such stark statistics, it is imperative that electrical workers be properly trained. Training matters. Being properly trained can literally be the difference between life and death.
A previous FCS article, Power Plant Arc Flash Training, discussed arc flash training requirements and answered such questions as “Who should be trained?” and “What should be covered in the training?”. This article will expand on this and introduce the benefits of a site-specific arc flash training program.
The Nation Fire Protection Agency’s NFPA 70E provides guidance on what to include in the training. For a Qualified Person, who may work within the Limited Approach Boundary, the training topics should include (per NFPA 70E 2021 version):
Fossil Consulting Services (FCS) has a generic Arc Flash Training course that will cover many plants’ needs and does cover the NFPA 70 E requirements. The training goal is to ensure that workers know how to do their work safely, can identify hazards, and understand control and protective measures. Most learners will respond more positively and “get it” much easier if specific examples from their workplace are used. This includes discussions of their actual switchgear and MCCs, data from the site Arc Flash Analysis, and photos of site-specific warning labels.
The FCS Arc Flash Training course may be easily customized for specific workplace use. We begin with our basic course, then obtain the following information to make it site-specific:
We then customize the course material and make it presentable as a classroom course or CBT/online course. The course covers the following: