Date: January 22, 2015
Topic: Arc Resistant Switchgear Education
Presenter: George Tichi, Point Eight Power
Description: One cause of serious injuries to electrical workers in the petrochemical industry is flash burns from arcing faults of Medium Voltage Metalclad Switchgear. First introduced in Europe, Arc- Resistant switchgear designs are eliminating this potential cause of injuries by containing the arc byproducts and venting the gases in a safe manner. This education discussion of current worker safety regulations, the arcing fault process, standards governing Arc-Resistant switchgear, switchgear design, application and cost/benefit considerations.