Arc Flash Center

  • Wisconsin accident: A security camera captures the accident with two electrical workers in Cudahy, Wisconsin on 5/26/03 See a video
  • ExxonMobile accident: Video of a fatal accident at an ExxonMobil refinery in South America. See a video
  • Lab demo of arc flash: ARC Flash demonstration – a laboratory demonstration of an arc-flash explosion. See a video
  • Human cost of arc flash: Donnie's accident – the tragic story of a young electrician's arc-flash accident and the impact on his family. Contains graphic images of 3rd degree burns and complications. See a video
  • Frequently Asked Questions: Frequently asked questions – and answers – about arc flash, including an overview of industry standards, OSHA regulations and employer responsibilities, along with a step-by-step procedure for how to comply with the regulations and standards. (Courtesy of ESA, makers EasyPower Software, industry leading software for arc-flash hazard analysis.)
  • Ralph Lee Article: DuPont engineer Ralph Lee is the "father of arc flash". This is his 1981 original article for IEEE documenting arc flash -- the physics, mathematics, impact on human tissue and clothing, and recommendations for protective equipment
  • ARC Flash Hazard Myths Article by Chet Davis, president of ESA, documenting the top misconceptions about arc flash safety. Read more
  • OSHA Issues This ESA Safety Bulletin explains the employers legal responsibilities for arc flash safety programs and the nuances of OSHA enforcement and compliance and how it relates to NFPA 70E and IEEE standards. Read more
  • Safety Program Training Outline: National Fuse Products offers customized safety training programs for your workers. Attached is a representative agenda. Call for a quotation.
  • Effective Safety Programs **HOLD**: Plant Engineering – "NFPA 70E Compliance takes more than a label" Read More
  • The fuse industry has responded with new classes of fuses that reduce the incident energy, and the radius of any arc flash blast – which improves safety and reduces the level of personal protective equipment that workers are required to wear
  • Reducing ARC Energy with current limiting fuses: National Fuse supplier Ferraz-Shawmut, a world leader in current limiting fuses, describes how arc flash can be reduced with current limiting fuses
  • Ferraz-shawmut recommended fuses: Ferraz Shawmut has 3 families of current limiting fuses
  • ARC Flash Calculator: This ARC flash calculator shows the benefits of Ferraz-Shawmut current limiting fuses. The calculator uses IEEE calculations for the incident energy – which is much lower than older fuses – and references the level of PPE required which is less restrictive and more comfortable for your workers
  • Ferraz – Shawmut fuse consolidation graphic: The universal Class RK1 product family replaces a wide array of older fuses -- and results in the least prohibitive NFPA70E Arc Flash boundary.
  • Selecting PPE: Making personal protective equipment available for your workers is the responsibility of the employer – there are two basic approaches to selecting the appropriate equipment
  • Task Table from NFPA 70E: This task table – extracted from NFPA 70E – specifies for workers the appropriate protective equipment based on the task they are performing. Using this task table eliminates the need for detailed calculations.
  • Clothing Kits available from National Fuse: National Fuse Products is proud to offer fire resistant clothing and equipment from National Safety Apparel. Get started with a kit for either Level 2 or Level 4.
  • National Safety Apparel: View the entire National Safety Apparel catalog
  • Ferraz-Shawmut ARC Flash Resource Center: Extensive resources from our partner and fuse supplier Ferraz-Shawmut
  • Easy Power ARC Flash Resource Center: Extensive resources from our partner and fuse supplier Ferraz-Shawmut
  • Littelfuse Electrical Safety Handbook: Safety handbook from our partner and fuse supplier, Littelfuse.
  • Graphic Products, Inc. ARC Flash Resource Center: Another arc flash resource page.