Who needs arc flash training?

When developing your plan for arc flash training something you might come up against is the question of who needs arc flash training?

And it’s a great question.

Your first thought might be that, that’s easy, electricians need arc flash training, but if you really start to think about it, there might be a few other groups who can benefit from it.

Electricians

I think everybody can agree that electrical workers and electricians needs arc flash training, so we won’t go into that with much detail...

but who else needs it?

Supporting roles

Well... there are typically a lot of supporting roles in an organization that surround the electrical workers.

These would be electrical technologists, electrical engineers, electrical supervisors and superintendents (there could be more titles here… but you get the point).

All of these people are responsible of having a certain level of competency when it comes to arc flash.

If they are planning the work for the electrician or asking them to do something, it’s only fair that they have a certain level of understanding when it comes to the hazard.

Instrumentation techs

Another group that often get’s overlooked are the instrumentation techs.

Typically, this group is working with low voltage systems, so they are not considered to be at risk, but it’s my opinion that this is not always the case.

Often times, instrumentation equipment is housed in the same panels as 480 or 600 volt panels which are some of the highest exposures to arc flash hazards.

Instrumentation techs need to have a fairly high level of knowledge about arc flash because they are going to be working side-by-side with the electricians and could certainly be exposed to an arc flash event.

Operators, millwrights, mechanics & more

Every mechanical worker, millwright, operator and really anyone who works in the vicinity of arc flash hazards is required to have some arc flash training.

Even if it only covers the basics.

These people need to know what it is, how it happens, and what are the jobs they could be working on or near that could expose them to an arc flash hazard.

They need to be trained to avoid the hazard and avoid situations where they could be at greater risk.

Conclusion

Arc flash training should not only be reserved for the electrical workers.

Everyone deserves a basic level of training and understanding of the hazards.