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Wherever sources of sparks or excess heat are present, substances such as gases, petroleum products, and airborne dusts or fibres pose a serious risk of triggering an explosion and subsequent fire. To minimise these losses, regulatory bodies around the world have worked to refine standards that will mitigate the spark flash potential that can be found in these working environments. ...
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the US mining industry non-contact electrical burns due to arc flash events are the largest single category of electrical injuries. This paper examines the phenomenon of arc flash, looks at its causes, and explores measures that can minimise the likelihood of an arc flash occurring and greatly reduce the danger and damage if one does occur....