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Arc Flash Personal Protective Equipment


Once all possible practical mitigation measures are in place, residual risk at various workplaces should be mapped. The risk level can be assessed by considering:

  • potential severity of the arc flash
  • duration of work being undertaken
  • frequency of work

Residual risk can then be mitigated by the use of the optimum Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for:

  • Hands
  • Eyes
  • Face
  • Body
  • Head

Optimum Personal Protection Equipment

All PPE selected should be compliant with local legislation and relevant standards.

  •  Body

Arc flash PPE can be layered to provide additional mechanical, thermal and chemical protection. Lightweight comfortable layering can offer a relevant level of protection whilst ensuring the worker’s movements are not restricted.

Multi-layer systems can include arc-flash and fire-resistant

    • underwear (non-melting)
    • shirts, polo shirts, sweatshirts
    • jackets
    • trousers
    • coveralls
    • multi-layer jackets and trousers
    • high-visibility / foul weather gear
    • multi-layer systems for short duration wear, for high-level Incident Energy risks
  • Hands

Arc flash protective gloves or glove systems not only prevent skin burns caused by the heat of the arc, but also protect against electric shock.

  • Eyes, face, head

Arc flash PPE for eyes, face and head shall prevent skin burns caused by the heat of the arc. Eye glasses, visors and/or face shields shall also protect eyes against bright light and UV and IR radiation, whilst still permitting good, non-distorted vision.

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