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Do IT administrators violate arc flash requirements
when they turn off or reset a branch circuit breaker?
What about swapping out a rack power strip? Most
data center operators are familiar with fire safety and
shock hazard protection, but are less familiar with arc
flash safety. Three IT trends have increased the
severity of a potential arc flash in the IT space; higher
data center capacities, higher rack densities, and
higher efficiency designs.
This paper discusses these three trends in the context
of arc flash safety within the IT space. Arc flash is
explained, potential areas of concern in the IT space
are identified, and compliance with associated regulations