Many electrical safety companies and electrical contractors offering Arc Flash Hazard Analysis will take advantage of NFPA 70E being so confusing.
They often say that certain aspects of the analysis are required when, in fact, they are not.
• Thermal imaging
• Magnetic testing
• Coordination studies
• Extreme mitigation studies
• Wire upgrades
• Other price “fluffing” services
They may also offer the complete analysis at a “great low price” and beat the next lowest bidder, but once they are in your facility they will find components that they say “need” updating such as: breaker panels, bussways, switch gears, etc, etc… These components likely do not need to be replaced! They are simply trying to sell you components, which may be twice the retail cost or more, to make up for their loss on the low arc flash hazard analysis bid. They will also offer to do the work themselves or go ahead and do the physical component replacement and not mention their high hourly rates for their electrical work that you overlooked in the fine print.
The fact is, if your electrical system is working now… Why spend money changing it? The NFPA and OSHA only require that you do an Arc Flash Hazard Study to determine where the danger or risk areas are in your facility. Then mark and identify those areas and educate your workers on what to do to safely work in those high risk areas. In a nutshell, be aware of “vulture” companies who are out to make a fast buck at your expense.
We have also heard of companies finding “unexpected” flaws in the system and threatening to inform OSHA about the flaw unless they
have them fix it immediately. They claimed it was a hazard that put everyone in the facility at risk including the equipment that was wired into the electrical system. It is extremely rare to find such a flaw in the first place, typically such a problem would have already revealed itself and you would have already had an electrician resolve the problem. ITU would never put you in a situation with OSHA. Our goal is to protect American businesses! In a situation such as this, ITU would help you resolve the problem by providing you with our recommendations and that’s it. No “frills” or “upsells”!
Another ITU client, that had originally gone with another contractor, couldn’t figure out why the firm they had hired was taking so long to get the work done and get them into compliance. Come to find out they were paying for the contractors schooling so they could acquire the knowledge and the accreditations needed to actually do the job! OSHA requires that engineering work of this type be approved by an experienced, licensed engineer.
Many companies also may not insure their work! They can easily become the lowest bidder by not having the necessary insurance. Once ITU has completed the arc flash hazard analysis, our work is insured as well as our opinion. So, if an incident were to happen after the analysis, your company will likely not be at fault (assuming the worker injured has followed all the safety requirements). ITU carries $1 million Professional Liability (insuring our opinion is correct), $3 million General Liability, $5 million Umbrella Liability. Most electrical contractors or electrical safety firms do not offer as much coverage as ITU, if any at all!
Here are some important facts to consider:
• ITU has over 10 years of real proven Arc Flash Hazard Analysis experience with hundreds of U.S. companies.
• ITU has licenced engineers on-staff. Our engineering staff has well over a century of combined experience.
• ITU promises to only offer you “what you absolutely need” to get you in compliance .
• ITU promises to charge you exactly what our quoted price is, No hidden, unexpected charges.