Arc flash safety


Protect what matters most. If you haven't taken the proper steps to mitigate the risks of arc flash, you're compromising worker safety, and you could be breaking the law. Use the resources here to reset arc flash safety in your facility. 

An arc flash occurs “when an electric current passes through air between ungrounded conductors or between ungrounded conductors and
grounded conductors."

National Fire Protection Association, NFPA

The dangers of arc flash

Temperatures can reach 35,000°F – more than three times hotter than the sun! These excessive temperatures cause the air and metal in the path of the arc to expand and explode, creating an arc blast.

Arc flash safety begins with a study

The first step in your arc flash safety journey is a study to estimate incident energy and recommend actions, including labeling, proper personal protective equipment (PPE), training and mitigation solutions.

Are you in compliance with OSHA's OSH Act?

If you've missed the deadline, you could be putting your employees at risk and breaking the law.

Assess your level of preparedness

Have you taken the proper steps to help protect your facility and its employees against the dangers of arc flash? Find out now. Simply answer a brief set of questions, and we'll send you a customized preparedness profile to help you identify ways to reset safety in your facility.

Get your arc flash safety handbook

No matter where you are in your arc flash safety journey, it may at times seem confusing and overwhelming. This handbook provides the information you need to know about  NFPA 70E workplace standard, arc flash studies, labels, boundaries, PPE, training and mitigation solutions.

Featured product

Arc Quenching Switchgear reduces incident energy to a level where the switchgear will survive an arc flash event, while providing enhanced safety and minimal equipment downtime. Arc Quenching Switchgear meets and exceeds testing requirements of C37.20.7 by demonstrating acceptance even when breakers are removed, doors are open and covers are removed, and without the need for ducts, plenums or special enclosure construction.
  • You don't have to go it alone

    Eaton can help. Our expert engineers have extensive experience helping facilities like yours enhance safety and can help you with your studies, labeling, boundaries, PPE, training and mitigation solutions.
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Additional arc flash information

Tune in to this library of informative videos to find out more about resetting arc flash safety in your facility

Arc flash safety videos