The difference between arc flash working distance and approach distance

The difference between arc flash working distance and approach distance

If you work with electricity then you are probably well aware of the hazards (arc flash and shock) but something you might not be so comfortable with is the safe limits of approach and what is referred to as the working distance. In my experience, these distances seem to back seat to the incident energy level of an arc flash or the voltage level of a potential shock hazard but they are critical in determining one's safety. In fact, if they are ignored or misinterpreted then the risk of injury is definitely going to go up.

In this article, we will go over what each of these distances actual mean and why they are important to you or anyone who is working on or near exposed energized electrical parts.

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3 things electricians have wrong about arc flash

The more training I do and the more people I talk to about electrical safety the more I'm amazed at the amount of misinformation there is about arc flash. Chances are if you are an electrician you might be making these very same assumptions that I see all too often and if you don't correct them right away you could be in for a big surprise.

Make sure you remember these 3 things and share them with everyone you know who works in the trade. These aren't mistakes that can be taken lightly.

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