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What is Arc Flash Clothing

What is Arc Flash PPE

In our last article we discussed what an arc flash really is and why you don’t want to be exposed to one, but we didn’t really talk about how to protect ourselves from one.

This week we go into detail on a particular segments which could save your life during an Arc Flash Event, Arc Flash PPE.

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What is an Arc Flash

What is an Arc Flash

When working on or near electrical equipment you need to become familiar with the hazards associated with that particular work. You may already have a good understanding of shock hazard but what about arc flash?
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Can rubber insulating gloves protect you from Arc Flash?

Can rubber insulating gloves protect you from Arc Flash?

This weeks topic, Do electrician’s rubber insulating gloves offer any protection from Arc Flash? Interestingly enough, even though you probably won’t find a label on the glove that says so, rubber insulating gloves used in conjunction with leather protectors do offer sufficient protection from arc flash burns.
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How to choose Arc Flash PPE

How to choose Arc Flash PPE

Once you’ve determined whether or not you will be faced with an Arc Flash Hazard, you’ve carefully reviewed all the steps of the job, you have your tools required, and have selected any necessary equipment to get the job done, then it’s time to choose your Arc Flash Personal Protective Equipment (Arc Flash PPE).

But what do you need to consider before you pick it out? Well, we have chosen 3 key concepts to look at before you don the “space suit” and march out for lift-off.
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How does Flame Retardant Clothing work?

How does Flame Retardant Clothing work?

Flame Retardant garments are a necessity for any employee who may be at risk of coming into contact with Electric Arc Events, Flash Fires or combustible dust explosions to protect the skin against burns and minimise the risk of injury.

Burns are a common health & safety issue in some workplaces, especially those that work with naked flames, chemicals and high temperatures.

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Eye and Head Protection

The different type of eye and face protection you can wear

If you work as an Electrical Engineer, you’ll know just how important protective clothing is to help you fulfil your job role effectively and remain safe while you are doing it. Unfortunately, eye and face protection are both too often overlooked.

When working in any environment where arc flash is a potential risk, choosing the right eyewear to reduce the risk of injury is imperative.

Read on for our suggestions about the best types of eyewear that you can choose.

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Layering Protection

Can I wear flame retardant waterproofs over my arc resistant coveralls?

When you are up against the elements in your working environment, it is often tempting to layer up your garments for added warmth and protection against the wind and rain.

Your arc resistant coveralls will protect you against the damaging consequences of arc flash, which can result in serious injury including burns as a result of heat, flying objects and pressure blasts and ultimately death.

Read on to find out why layering garments can be potentially hazardous.

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Garment Protection

How to measure just how much your clothing will protect you

If you are working as an electrical engineer or in any environment where arc flash is a potential hazard, you need to be sure that the garments that you choose will provide you with adequate protection.

Arc flash is an electrical explosion caused by high temperatures and extreme pressures that results in an arc blast.

The injuries sustained can be life-threatening, so choosing protective gear that is fir for purpose is of the utmost importance.

Read on to find out how you can measure just how much your clothing is protecting you.

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Arc Flash Fire

What not to do with your Arc & Flame Clothing

Some common errors workers make with their Arc & Flame Protective clothing. 

When worn correctly, Arc & Flame clothing can provide lifesaving protection against a variety of workplace hazards, including arc flash, flash fires and molten metal splatter. However, if worn improperly, the clothing is not only out of compliance with industry standards, but it also becomes far less effective.

Here is a list of ways Arc & Flame clothing is improperly worn. This information will help you receive the full safety benefits of Arc & Flame workwear – and it may even save your life.  

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Arc Flash Testing Garment

3 jobs where Arc Flash Protective clothing and PPE should be considered an essential

For a number of different job roles, wearing arc protective clothing is necessary to protect against the dangers of arc flash.

Arc flash is the light and heat that is produced as a result of an arc fault, which is a type of electrical explosion or discharge that results from a low-impedance connection through the air to ground or another voltage phase in an electrical system.

Generally, arc flash occurs because a test probe has been touched to the wrong surface or a tool has slipped, but other things such as dust, corrosion and impurities on the surface of the conductor also contribute to arc flash.

Coming into contact with arc flash can be devastating as it can result in serious burns and in the worst cases, even death. Because of this, it’s important for workers to protect themselves by wearing the appropriate clothing. 

This blog will explain some of the different job roles where arc clothing is essential.

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