Calculating Arc Flash Risk & Hazard To Enable Arc Flash Clothing Protection Selection

By Chris Dodds on 9th October, 2015

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Calculating Arc Flash Risk & Hazard To Enable Arc Flash Clothing Protection Selection

We recently asked Hugh Hoagland (Sr. Managing Partner at ArcWear & to recommend the 3 most effective and reliable software packages for Calculating Arc Flash Risk & Hazard in accordance with NFPA 70E and IEEE 1584. 

e-Hazard USA are the industry leader in electrical safety training based on the latest NFPA 70E Standard. 

Hugh recommended the following Arc Flash Hazard, Risk Assessment, Clothing & PPE software packages : SKM, Easy Power and Kinetrics. 

Arc flash clothing and PPE requirements are often panic rather than planned purchases.

Consequently, it is rare for a specific site risk assessment or arc flash hazard calculation to have been carried out. Contractors therefore default to a "worst case" scenario, over-spend on arc flash protective clothing and then arrive on site to carry out work tasks requiring manual dexterity in arc flash suits of armour.

As leading UK distributors of arc flash clothing, we are committed to supporting the observance and implementation of electrical safety and managing arc flash risk in hazardous and high voltage working environments.  

Arc flash can occur during live cable jointing, phasing in operations, racking in and out of switchgear, reclosing of electrical switchgear onto a fault, switchgear failure, excavating near live cables or accidental contact with live conductors during maintenance. 

We hope this suit of information will enable better forward planning by contractors to minimise arc flash hazards by selecting the most appropriate level of protective clothing.

Video : SKM Arc Flash Tutorial & Arc Flash Assessment.


1. SKM Systems AnalysisSKM Arc Flash Hazard Calculator

Arc Flash Hazard Calculator

ArcCalc calculates the incident energy and arc flash boundary for any point in a power system. Minimum and maximum arcing short circuit currents are calculated using broad tolerances to provide conservative results with estimated system data. ArcCalc saves time by automatically determining trip times from the protective device settings. Incident energy, arc flash boundaries and Arc Flash PPE clothing are calculated following the NFPA 70E and IEEE 1584. More information.


2. Easy PowerEasyPower - Arc Flash Hazard Calculator

Arc Flash Analysis Software

Easy Power arc flash software provides the most comprehensive productivity configuration for conducting arc flash analysis and ensuring full compliance with OSHA and NFPA 70E requirements. Whether you’re designing electrical power systems, analyzing arc flash hazards, selecting suitable arc flash clothing or implementing an electrical safety program, this is software configuration can assist. More information - Download Free Demo.

Video : EasyPower Intro : Automated Power System Design and Analysis


3. Kinetrics Kinetrics - Arc Flash Calculator

ARCPRO™ Arc Hazard Assessment, Clothing & PPE Selection

ARCPRO™ has become the industry’s most widely-used application for computing arc hazards and selecting protective clothing for single arc situations, particularly for High voltage Transmission and Distribution applications not addressed by other methods. Kinectrics ARCPRO™ calculates the thermal parameters of electrical arcs and is designed to provide users with data regarding heat exposure, total heat flux and heat energy on a surface at various distances from an electric arc. The software is used to predict the potential arc hazard in a particular work environment and provide basis for specifying the appropriate level of PPE and clothing to protect against arc flash hazards. More information.

Video : The Catastrophic & Destructive Effect of Arc Flash 




Video : Arc Flash Incident (Property of CATU Electrical)



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