Arc Flash Personal Protective Equipment
MAPPING AND PROTECTING AGAINST RESIDUAL RISK
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:
Optimum Personal Protection Equipment
All PPE selected should be compliant with local legislation and relevant standards.
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
- multi-layer jackets and trousers
- high-visibility / foul weather gear
- multi-layer systems for short duration wear, for high-level Incident Energy risks
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.