Eaton Corporation this past week announced that they are contributing $500,000 to the Arc Flash Collaborative Research Project being conducted by the Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEEE) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). According to the press release announcing the donation, IEEE and the NFPA have joined forces on an initiative to fund and support research and testing to increase the understanding of arc flash. The results of this collaborative project will provide information that will be used to improve electrical safety standards, predict the hazards associated with arching faults and accompanying arc blasts, and provide practical safeguards for employees in the workplace. The multi-year project is estimated to cost a total of $6-$7 million.
"We are pleased to have Eaton Corporation join the growing list of sponsors for the Arc Flash project," said Sue Vogel, director, Technical Committee Programs for the IEEE Standards Association. "Eaton's contribution, along with their experience and commitment to preventing arc flash, will help expedite the work of this project to produce the data needed to advance our understanding of the arc flash phenomenon."