Arc Flash

  • During Review Period of the audit, were all Un-Qualified associates trained on NFPA 70E and the requirements of this program? (The review period may range from 12 to 60 months and will be defined by the Lead Auditor.)

  • During Review Period of the audit, were all Qualified Employees trained on NFPA 70E and the requirements of that program? (The review period may range from 12 to 60 months and will be defined by the Lead Auditor.)

  • Was the trainer for the Qualified Person training conducted during the Review Period of the audit a Qualified Person? (If this training was conducted through the START program or by an external contractor such as Fox Systems, the answer is "yes". If this

  • Were all Managers and Supervisors trained on Arc Flash/Electrical Safety during the Review Period of the audit? **This training must be completed within 365 days of the last training. The review period may range from 12 to 60 months and will be defined by

  • Does the Arc Flash/Electrical Safety training documentation for the Review Period of the audit include the date of training? (The review period may range from 12 to 60 months and will be defined by the Lead Auditor.)

  • Does the Arc Flash/Electrical Safety training documentation for the Review Period of the audit include the signature of trainer? (The review period may range from 12 to 60 months and will be defined by the Lead Auditor.)

  • Does the Arc Flash/Electrical Safety training documentation for the Review Period of the audit include the signatures of trainees? (The review period may range from 12 to 60 months and will be defined by the Lead Auditor.)

  • Does the Arc Flash/Electrical Safety training documentation for the Review Period of the audit include the topic of training? (The review period may range from 12 to 60 months and will be defined by the Lead Auditor.)

  • Does the Arc Flash/Electrical Safety training documentation for the Review Period of the audit include the outline/description of what was covered? (The review period may range from 12 to 60 months and will be defined by the Lead Auditor.)

  • Does training for qualified persons include: a) how to distinguish exposed live parts, b) how to determine nominal voltages, c) the clearance distances in Table S-5? **If the Qualified Employee training was the START program class, the answer to this ques

  • Has the facility arc flash assessment been completed?**This question should be reviewed with the Plant Engineer/Maintenance Manager. The actual assessment report should be reviewed for recommendations.**

  • Is the arc flash analysis documentation manual available for review??**This question should be reviewed with the Plant Engineer/Maintenance Manager. The actual assessment report or the electronic version should be on site.**

  • Has an action plan been developed to correct issues identified by the arc flash analysis? **This question should be reviewed with the Plant Engineer/Maintenance Manager. The assessment report recommendations should have been reviewed with Corporate Engine

  • If it has been 12 or more months since the facility's arc flash assessment was completed, has a review been conducted to ensure that all electrical equipment added during that period been assessed for arc flash hazards? **Review documentation of annual re

  • If it has been 12 or more months since the facility's arc flash assessment was completed, has the plant electrical one line diagram been updated to reflect changes or additions to plant electrical equipment? **Review documentation of annual reviews. The i

  • Have all electrical cabinets been labeled with the Flash Hazard Boundary? **The real key to what cabinets should be labeled is the plant's arc flash assessment/single line diagram. Take a random sampling of electrical disconnects and panels both labeled a

  • Have all electrical cabinets been labeled with the Hazard Category? **The real key to what cabinets should be labeled is the plant's arc flash assessment/single line diagram. Take a random sampling of electrical disconnects and panels both labeled and not

  • Have all electrical cabinets been labeled with the any exceptions to the PPE requirements? **The real key to what cabinets should be labeled is the plant's arc flash assessment/single line diagram. Take a random sampling of electrical disconnects and pane

  • If work is to be performed near overhead lines, have the lines been de-energized and grounded or other protective measures provided? **This question should be reviewed with the Plant Engineer/Maintenance Manager to determine actual practices. Verify that

  • Are any vehicles or mechanical equipment kept at least 10 feet from energized overhead power lines? **This question should be reviewed with the Plant Engineer/Maintenance Manager to determine actual practices. Verify that there is no work in practice to o

  • Is the Arc Flash PPE available to all Qualified personnel? **Use the plant roster and the qualified employee training to identify the electricians (and other qualified employees) who do electrical work. Have the Plant Engineer line you up to interview a r

  • Program Major Finding. There are not sufficient minor findings that there is an overall program/section failure. **This is only used if: a. The complete lack of an entire regulatory required program or standard; b. No attempt to implement any of the requi

Electrical Safety

  • Have electrical safety procedures been developed and implemented? **Interview the plant engineer/maintenance manager to verify the extent of arc flash/electrical safety training, and how that training is carried into actual work. Question as to the use of

  • Is the electrical system examined periodically to ensure that it is free from recognized hazards? **Interview the plant engineer/maintenance engineer relative to the existence of a plant specific preventative maintenance program for electrical systems. Du

  • Has there been an infrared, i.e. IR scan of facility switchgear within the last 12 months? **Interview the plant engineer/maintenance engineer relative to whether any IR scans have been conducted within the review period of the audit.**

  • Has there been an IR scan of facility busways within the last 12 months?**Interview the plant engineer/maintenance engineer relative to the existence of a plant specific preventative maintenance program for electrical systems. During the physical assessme

  • Were all damaged facility busways subjected a high voltage resistance test (i.e. mugger test) immediately prior to start-up during the Review Period of the audit?**Interview the plant engineer/maintenance engineer relative to the existence of a plant spec

  • Were all damaged facility busways IR scanned within 12 hours of establishing normal service?**Interview the plant engineer/maintenance engineer relative to the existence of a plant specific preventative maintenance program for electrical systems. During t

  • All service entrance breaker trips within the audit period were investigated for root cause prior to resetting during the Review Period of the Audit?**Interview the plant engineer/maintenance engineer relative to the existence of a plant specific preventa

  • A replacement service entrance breaker is available at the facility or at a minimum located.**Interview the plant engineer/maintenance engineer relative to the existence of a plant specific preventative maintenance program for electrical systems. During t

  • Are all electrical equipment and devices approved for use? **Randomly check equipment such as industry specific electric tools/equipment for indication on the device indicating that it has been tested by an Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories (NRTL

  • Pull boxes, junction boxes, fittings and covers have been modified only with the manufacturer's written authorization confirming continuation of the independent testing laboratory approval (i.e. UL or similar.) **During the physical assessment look for al

  • Are all electrical panels marked with the name of the manufacturer? **During the physical assessment, look at electrical panels for manufacturer's markings.**

  • Are all means to disconnect electrical circuits marked as to what they operate, maximum voltage, and where their supply is distributed from? (If the voltage is included on the arc flash label (if so labeled) the cabinet is considered labeled for maximum v

  • Are disconnects for motor and associated circuits and controllers located in sight from (visible and not more than 50 feet from) the controller location?

  • Are flexible cords and cables used only for: pendant lighting; fixture wiring; connection of portable lamps or appliances; elevator cables; and wiring of cranes and hoists? **During physical assessment, look for uses other than those identified in the que

  • Flexible cords and cables are not used as a substitute for the fixed wiring of a structure? **There are two parts to this findings: conventional extension cord use and the use of surge protectors. During the physical assessment, review extension cord usag

  • Flexible cords and cables are equipped with an attachment plug and energized from an approved receptacle outlet? **During the physical assessment, look for uses where equipment is hard wired via into flexible wiring/cables directly into an electrical box.

  • Flexible cords connected devices and fittings are provided so that strain relief is provided to electrical fixtures.

  • The location has no exposed wiring or cords with frayed insulation. **During the physical assessment, look for wiring with damaged/deteriorated insulation. If any are identified, the answer to this question is "No."**

  • Flexible cords and cables are not run through holes in walls, ceilings, or floors? **During the physical assessment look for cords/cables/wiring, which have been routed through holes in walls, ceiling, or floors.**

  • Flexible cords and cables are not run through doorways, windows, or similar openings? **During the physical assessment look for cords/cables/wiring, which have been routed through doorways, windows, or similar openings.**

  • Are flexible cords, cables, and wiring entering boxes, cabinets, or fittings protected from abrasion? **During the physical assessment, review any instances where conductors/flexible wiring/cords are seen entering or exiting electrical enclosures/boxes. I

  • Are flexible cords and cables used only in continuous lengths without a splice or tap? **During the physical assessment look for cords/cables, which have been connected with a combination of wire nuts/solder/crimps and/or cover with electrical tape. It is

  • For portable plug and cord equipment and flexible cord set, cords are visually inspected before use on any shift for external defects and for evidence of possible internal damage (such as pinched or crushed outer jacket)? **Power tools cord including plug

  • Electrical test instruments and equipment and all associated test leads, cables, power cords, probes, and connectors are visually inspected for external defects and damage before the equipment is used? **Electrical test instruments and equipment shall be

  • Are safety signs and tags, barricades and attendants used to warn and protect employees from hazards that could cause injury due to electric shock, burns, or failure of electric equipment parts? **Prior to beginning the physical assessment interview the p

  • Are all pull boxes, junction boxes, and fittings provided with approved covers? **During the physical assessment, look at any visible junction boxes/enclosures/etc.. Do the covers appear to be correct, looking at size, shape, material of construction, any

  • Fixtures, lampholders, lamps, rosettes, and receptacles have no live parts normally exposed to employee contact. **During the physical assessment look for opening in electrical enclosures/boxes that are not finger safe (i.e. opening bigger than 1/2", aka

  • No visible defects in grounded systems such as breaks in grounding conductors, conduits raceways or other metal enclosures. Grounded conductors identifiable and distinguishable from all other conductors.

  • Portable electrical tools are designed to prevent shock to user? **During physical assessment, look at any power hand tools for proper grounding connections (grounding pins in place on plug) and/or marked as double insulated tools.**

  • Appliances, other than those in which the current-carrying parts at high temperatures are necessarily exposed, have no live parts normally exposed to employee contact? (The electrical standards define appliances as: Utilization equipment, generally other

  • Appliances have a disconnect means? **During physical assessment, evaluate all appliances looking for a means to disconnect from power. If the appliance is a cord/plug appliance that is the disconnect means.**

  • Appliances are marked with voltage and power rating? **During the physical assessment, review any appliances found for markings to indicate the voltage and power rating of the equipment.**

  • Does all electrical equipment meet the required classification for explosive vapors, dusts and ignitable debris wherever these materials are used? **Interview the plant manager/plant engineer to determine, if there are areas where flammable/explosive liqu

  • Are switches, circuit breakers, and switchboards that are installed in wet locations enclosed in weatherproof enclosures? **This one can be a little difficult. During the physical assessment you should look at electrical boxes, disconnects, panel boxes, e

  • Lighting fixtures installed in wet or damp locations are of the weather-proof type. **Typically this would require a minimum of a NEMA 2 enclosure for a damp indoor environment (falling water and dust) and a NEMA 4 enclosure for a wet indoor environment (

  • Receptacles installed in a wet or damp location suitable for the location. **Typically this would require a minimum of a NEMA 2 enclosure for a damp indoor environment (falling water and dust) and a NEMA 4 enclosure for a wet indoor environment (windblown

  • Are receptacles within six feet of a sink, basin, or water fountain; located outdoors; used in repair or service areas, and on roof tops equipped with a ground fault circuit interrupter, i.e. GFCI?**Look for GFCI's in the workplace and test those GFCI's f

  • Are live parts of electric equipment operating at 50 volts or more guarded against accidental contact by approved enclosures, located in a room, vault, or similar enclosure?

  • Are equipment and wiring systems less than 600V overcurrent devices readily accessible to authorized personnel?**Readily accessible means capable of being reached without the use of ladders or climbing over or moving obstacles.**

  • Entrances to rooms and other guarded locations housing equipment and wiring systems less than 600V containing exposed live parts are marked with warning signs forbidding unqualified persons to enter?

  • Does equipment and wiring systems with less than 600V have a minimum 3 feet clearance in front of the electric equipment that is maintained clear of obstructions/hindrances to access? **As part of the physical assessment, look for clearance in front of th

  • Electrical power rooms are not used for storage. **During the physical assessment, inspect electrical distribution rooms, looking for storage within the area.**

  • Has the facility properly marked as HIGH VOLTAGE equipment and wiring systems (including electrical boxes) operating at over 600 volts and located these in secured locations? **Interview the Plant Engineer/Maintenance Engineer relative to the plant's usag

  • Are areas containing exposed energized parts sufficiently illuminated? **During the physical assessment, identify any electrical rooms, and with the accompaniment of a qualified person assess available lighting.**

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