Arc Flash Safety Standards
ETAP arc flash study software complies with the latest arc flash analysis safety standards and calculation methods:
- IEEE 1584 2002 - “Guide for Performing Arc-Flash Hazard Calculations”
- IEEE 1584a 2004 - Amendment to the “Guide for Performing Arc-Flash Hazard Calculations”
- IEEE 1584b 2011
- NFPA 70E 2009 – “Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace”
- NFPA 70E 2012
- National Electric Code (NEC) 110.6 (Arc Flash Safety Label requirement)
- National Electric Safety Code® (NESC®). NESC sets the ground rules for practical safeguarding of personnel during installation, operation or maintenance of electric supply.
- CSA Z462 2008 (Canadian Arc Flash Analysis standard)
- OSHA 29 CFR 1910
- ASTM D 120-02a
Arc Flash Analysis Software Key Features
The following capabilities are available in the arc flash study software to comply with IEEE 1584 and NFPA 70E arc flash analysis safety guidelines:
- Limit the arc flash incident energy based on protective device maximum fault clearing time (e.g., two seconds)
- Built-in empirical equation range limit alerts & system grounding configurations
- Automatically distinguish between load & line side protective devices
- User-definable & typical equipment gap between conductors for buses & X-factors (based on IEEE 1584)
- Automatically handle arc flash incident energy calculation for LV buses (e.g., 208 volts) fed by transformers rated less than 125 kVA
- Automatically assign arc flash hazard category for LV (<240 volts) with bolted current less than 10 kA
- Simulate main protective device isolation in the arc flash analysis by using user-defined tools
- Perform arc flash calculations based on different EB energy values.
- The arc flash analysis software include standard-defined insulating gloves for printing on the on the arc flash safety labels.
- The arc flash analysis program can be configured to include the maximum and minimum arc fault currents to obtain the worst case results.