If you are at work and come into contact with an arc flash, the effects can be devastating.
An arc flash occurs when electric current flows through an air gap between conductors. Most of the time, this will happen when a test probe is touched on the wrong surface or a tool slips, but things like dust, corrosion and other impurities on the surface of the conductor can also result in an arc flash.
Within milliseconds, an arc flash can reach temperatures four times hotter than the surface of the sun, meaning that if the correct precautions aren’t taken electrical workers can face getting seriously injured or could even die as a result of coming into contact with arc flash.
This blog will give suggestions as to how you can take the appropriate steps at work to protect yourself from the effects of arc flash.
Wear protective clothing
Because coming into contact with arc flash can result in serious burns, one of the best ways to protect yourself is to cover your body with protective clothing that will minimise your risk of getting burnt. A combination including; ARC Hi-Viz Overall, ARC Utility Glove (25 cal/cm²), FR ARC Balaclava, Sperian Safety Glasses and Arc Flash Helmet / Visor (24cal/cm²) would provide a complete protective solution. This will ensure that you remain safe at work and minimise any of the potential dangers of coming into contact with arc flash.
Take our free arc flash health check
There are now so many procedures and policies that you need to comply with when it comes to health and safety in the workplace, it can be hard to know if you are ticking all of the boxes. Luckily, our free arc flash health check can give you a clearer indication of whether you are taking the appropriate measures to take care of yourself and your employees. Check out the questions here. If you answer no or not sure to any of them, you may benefit from our health check, which you can sign up for online.
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