GENEVA – Aldermen acting as the Committee of the Whole unanimously recommended approval Oct. 9 to do an arc flash study at a cost of $30,000.
Changes in Occupational Safety and Health Administration and electrical safety standards require facility owners to evaluate the arc flash hazard potential, officials said.
An arc flash occurs when electric current goes through the air gap between conductors and can cause injuries such as burns and death, according to an OSHA training manual.
“Because of the violent nature of an arc flash exposure, when an employee is injured, the injury is serious – even resulting in death,” according to the OSHA training manual.
Stanley Consultants did an arc study this year at the water plant, generator building and public works facility, officials said.
Further work was approved in the 2018 budget for an arc flash study on the city’s eight well sites and eight wastewater lift stations, officials said.
Staff recommended using the same company, Stanley Consultants, for next year’s study, and aldermen, acting as the Committee of the Whole, agreed in a 9-0 vote with one absent. Final action will be taken by the City Council.