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August 2020 VIRTUAL Member Meeting

August 12, 2020
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
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IEEE 1584-2018 standard update – The new approach to accurately performing Arc Flash Studies on electrical equipment

IEEE 1584 Guide for Performing Arc Flash Hazard Calculations is a widely adopted and industry accepted standard that includes procedures to calculate and predict arc flash hazard levels. The guide is recognized by federal agencies, such as OSHA, and consensus standards, such as NFPA 70E, as a method to estimate arc flash boundary and incident energy when performing an arc flash risk assessment. This standard has remained mostly unchanged since its original publication in 2002. However, subsequent IEEE papers have shed light on parameters not previously considered that could lead to increased hazard levels beyond those predicted by the original standard. Consequently, a collaboration between IEEE and NFPA was formed to advance research around arc flash events and the variables that affect their severity.

After analyzing more than 1800 tests, the IEEE 1584 working group constructed a new arc flash model. The empirically derived formulas in the new model are significantly more accurate, though equally more complex than those in its predecessor. This presentation will dive into these noteworthy changes. It will also compare studies performed before the standard change and studies performed after to point out significant changes that impact the Facility Manager’s responsibility to furnish it’s employees or workers employed a safe work environment as required by OSHA’s General Duty Clause.

Jabez BrunzJabez Brunz
Western Region Engineering Services and Sales Operations Manager ,
Shermco Industries

Jabez Brunz is the Western Region Engineering Services and Sales Operations Manager at Shermco Industries (formerly Southwest Energy Systems). He is responsible for managing the Engineering Department and oversee all Analysis & Power System engineering studies including Arc Flash Hazard analysis. He has over 20 years in the Electrical Industry including Electrical Installation, Project Management, Electrical Maintenance, Safety and Engineering.

In addition, Jabez was an Electrical Inspector for the United States Army Core of Engineers in Iraq, between the years 2008-2010 for Task Force Safe. He was tasked with inspecting and developing plans to mitigate faulty wiring for thousands of facilities that electrocuted 16 U.S. troops and 2 Contractors as well as injuring hundreds of others in a 4 year span during the war in Iraq.

Registrants will be emailed the Zoom invite for this meeting on August 11th at EOB.  Contact Kathleen Severson if you have any questions or need assistance.

11:00 am - 11:15 am:  Chapter Announcements
11:15 am - 12:15 pm:  Presentation
12:15 pm - 12:30 pm:  Q & A


$0.00 Professional Member (Facility Manager)

$0.00 Associate Member (VENDOR)

$0.00 Student Chapter Member

$0.00 Non-Member (limit 2 meeting attendances as Non-Member)

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