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Stay Shock Free: A Quick Guide to Arc Flash Safety

7/18/16 9:18 AM Posted by Steve Ellis, Corporate Health and Safety Director

If you’ve ever seen an arc flash in person, you know how sudden and terrifying they can be. Often fatal, arc flashes occur “whenever there is a loss of insulation between two conductive objects at sufficient potential (voltage)” (ABB Inc., 2009). In other words, they occur when there is an arc fault; the air becomes a conductor and an extremely dangerous electrical explosion ensues. If you're working near an energized area, you're at risk for arc flash exposure.

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