Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) provides operators with an arc flash analysis and programs that are essential for electrical safety aboard their vessels. Both U.S. and International standards refer to measures that aid in the protection against hazards from electrical equipment. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an arc flash is a “dangerous condition associated with the release of energy caused by an electrical arc.” An arc flash event at sea could cost owners and operators millions of dollars in lost equipment and crew safety claims. Getting a plan in place now can protect your future.
EBDG works with vessel owners and operators to define procedures that limit the danger of electrical arcs. First, the potential arc flash energy is calculated for locations throughout a vessel. The information is then used to define a flash protection boundary around the potential source. Then, EBDG determines the level of arc-rated apparel and other personal protective equipment required to keep employees safe when they cross the boundary to work on or near exposed live parts.
An arc flash study can also identify new technologies that lower or even eliminate the level of danger. This can reduce or eliminate the need for special protective equipment and procedures. And, when it comes to new electrical equipment and systems, a study can help protect your investment and ensure that major modifications will not be needed later to comply with emerging requirements. With a plan in hand now, you can protect your employees today and save for many years to come.