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IEEE Publishes Guide for Performing Arc-Flash Hazard Calculations to Help Reduce Burn Injuries Suffered by Electricians Due to Equipment Failure

IEEE 1584TM-2018 provides mathematical
models for designers and facility operators to apply in determining
arc-flash hazard distances

PISCATAWAY, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–IEEE, the world's largest technical professional organization dedicated
to advancing technology for humanity, and the IEEE
Standards Association (IEEE-SA)
, today announced the publication and
immediate availability of IEEE
1584™-2018—IEEE Guide for Performing Arc-Flash Hazard Calculations
.
Sponsored by the IEEE
Industry Applications Society, Petroleum & Chemical Industry (IAS/PCIC)
,
this new technical standard is the result of extensive research and
laboratory testing conducted by the Arc Flash Research Project. This
project is an ongoing collaboration between IEEE and the National Fire
Protection Association (NFPA) with the mission of providing improved
models and an analytical process to enable calculation of predicted
incident thermal energy and the arc-flash boundary.

“Our extensive, collaborative work with the NFPA has resulted in an IEEE
standard that dramatically improves the prediction of hazards associated
with arcing faults and accompanying arc blasts,” said Konstantinos
Karachalios, managing director of the IEEE Standards Association.
“Contractors and facility owners will benefit from IEEE 1584 by being
able to more thoroughly analyze power systems to calculate the incident
energy to which employees could be exposed during operations and
maintenance work, allowing them to provide appropriate protection for
employees in accordance with the requirements of applicable electrical
workplace safety standards.”

IEEE 1584-2018 includes processes that cover the collection of field
data, consideration of power system operating scenarios, and calculation
parameters. Applications include electrical equipment and conductors for
three-phase alternating current (ac) voltages from 208 V to 15 kV.

“The update to IEEE 1584 has empowered thousands of engineers conducting
Arc-Flash Hazard Calculations,” said Daleep Mohla, chair, IEEE 1584
Arc-Flash Hazard Calculations Working Group. “These efforts, conducted
in partnership with the NFPA, have armed all stakeholders involved in
Arc-Flash hazards to better protect employees and contractors in the
working environment.”

IEEE 1584-2018 is available for purchase at the IEEE
Standards Store
.

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