Labels warn of arc-flash hazard.

Press Release Summary:

Arc-flash protection labels, available in 5 different types, comply with article 110.16 of 2002 NEC to reduce occurrences of serious injury or death resulting from arcing faults. Warning labels are offered in 3.5 x 5 and 5 x 7 in. sizes, and danger labels come in 5 x 7 and 4 x 6 in. sizes. Additional warning-type labels allow end users to write information directly onto label.

Original Press Release:

Brady Introduces New Arc Flash Protection Labels

Labels Comply With Article 110.16 of the 2002 National Electric Code

MILWAUKEE, WI, November 22, 2002 - Brady Identification Solutions recently introduced new arc flash protection labels to help end-users comply with the 2002 National Electric Code standard 110.16 on Flash Protection. Brady offers five different arc flash hazard labels. There are two labels to indicate warning, one 3.5" x 5" inches and the other 5" x 7". Two labels indicate danger, one 5" x 7", and the other 4" x 6". The fifth is a new warning label that allows the end-user to write information directly onto the label.

The intention of the new standard is to reduce the occurrences of serious injury or death resulting from arcing faults that occur where employees' work on or near energized electrical equipment. Local electrical inspectors and fire marshals enforce the 2002 standard, in addition to full enforcement by OSHA under the General Duty Clause.

The 110.16 Flash Protection standard reads: "Switchboards, panel boards, industrial control panels, and motor control centers in other than dwelling occupancies, that are likely to require examination, adjustment, servicing or maintenance while energized, shall be field marked to warn qualified persons of potential electric arc flash hazards. The marking shall be located so as to be clearly visible to qualified persons before examination, adjustment, servicing, or maintenance of the equipment. The new requirement is intended to reduce the occurrence of serious injury or death due to arcing faults to workers who work on or near energized electrical equipment. The warning label should remind a qualified worker who intends to open the equipment for analysis or work that a serious hazard exists and that the worker should follow appropriate work practices and wear appropriate personal protection equipment (PPE) for the specific hazard."

For more information about Brady Worldwide, Identification Solutions, or the new arc flash protection labels, please contact Brady Customer Service at 1-800-537-8791, visit the Brady website at or contact your local Brady electrical, cable, or industrial distributor.

Brady is an international manufacturer and marketer of identification and materials solutions, with products including labels, signs, precision die-cut materials, printing systems, software, and label-application and data-collection systems for electronics, telecommunications, manufacturing, electrical, and a variety of other markets. Founded in 1914, Brady is headquartered in Milwaukee and employs about 3,000 people in operations in the United States, Europe, Asia/Pacific, Latin America and Canada. Brady's fiscal 2002 sales were approximately $517 million. More information is available at

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