Eaton promotes understanding of arc flash hazards

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Tags: workplace safety

Consistent with diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation’s commitment to helping customers use power more efficiently, effectively and safely, the company will work during May, National Electrical Safety Month, to increase awareness of electrical safety in the home and workplace.


Eaton and its associates seek to develop a better understanding of the dangers and causes of high-energy arcing faults through the Arc Flash Collaborative Research Project, a joint undertaking of Eaton, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).


“Through research and testing, the Arc Flash Collaborative Research Project will provide more detailed information on all aspects of electrical arcing phenomena,” said Bob Yanniello, director, Engineering, Eaton’s Electrical Sector, and Eaton’s representative on the study’s Technical Advisory Committee. “These findings can help manufacturers and operators of electrical equipment quantify arc flash hazards more accurately and take actions to prevent accidents related to high-energy arcing faults.”


“Eaton’s leadership role on this project brings the ideal combination of dedication and technical expertise to a vitally important challenge in the advancement of electrical safety,” added Sue Vogel, IEEE’s director of Technical Committee Programs. “Through the combined efforts of IEEE, NFPA, and numerous companies and certification bodies, we are making significant strides toward improving safety.”


“Clearly, this joint effort is a wise investment of scarce resources,” said Vogel. “The Arc Flash Collaborative Research Project welcomes the participation of other interested companies, associations and foundations committed to eliminating electricity-related workplace accidents.”


In an effort to help businesses prevent arc flash incidents and educate employees about arc flash, Eaton offers the industry’s widest range of arc flash-related products and services. These services include industry education through presentation of papers at IEEE industry conferences and electrical safety workshops, arc flash consulting services and arc flash mitigation retrofit services. In addition, Eaton is relentlessly working on developing new products to improve arc flash safety such as arc fault detection circuit breakers and arc reduction motor control centers and arc resistant low and medium voltage switchgear. Currently, there are more than two dozen Eaton products and solutions with more in development.


To access an arc flash checklist and to find additional information about arc flash safety, visit


Eaton’s electrical business is a global leader in power distribution, power quality, control and industrial automation products and services. Eaton’s global electrical product lines, including Cutler-Hammer, Moeller, Powerware, Holec, MEM, Santak, and MGE Office Protection Systems provide customer-driven PowerChain Management solutions to serve the power system needs of the data center, industrial, institutional, government, utility, commercial, residential and OEM markets worldwide.

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