Proceedings PaperSafety issues for infrared thermographers
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Thermographers are often at risk when inspecting electrical systems. While electrocution is always a hazard, a far greater danger is injury associated with accidental exposure to an arc flash explosion. Because of the potential for serious injury, and because of new government regulations, more and more companies are now taking steps to prevent arc flash injury and to minimize damage if and when it does occur. In this paper, which would not have been possible without the able assistance of Lowry Eads, global resource for infrared thermography in Dupont, I will discuss why arc flash explosions happen and what damage they can do; I will also show how thermographers can both reduce their risk of being exposed to one and, if they are exposed, their injury from the explosion.