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Should low voltage system be assessed for arc-flash hazards?

IEEE 1584-2018 provides mathematical models for designers and facility operators to apply in determining the arc-flash hazard distance and the incident energy to which workers could be exposed during their work on or near electrical equipment.

It generally indicates that systems with an available short circuit current of 2000 Amps or higher should be assessed for arc-flash potential. A rule of thumb would indicate that most systems fed by a 45 kVA or larger transformer will need to be assessed if impedance (%Z) of 45 kVA is less than 6%, 30 kVA if %Z is less than 4% or 15 kVA if %Z is less than 2%.

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