Step 1 - Assess your hazard with Nomex®
Safeguard your workers by predicting the severity of arc flash hazards so you can assess and manage risk more effectively. Electrical arc is one of the most deadly and least understood hazards of electricity, and assessing for risk is essential to the wellbeing of electrical workers. A fundamental safety principle is to design out, eliminate or remove the hazard at its source. This means that the majority of electrical tasks must be carried out with the equipment made dead.
When equipment cannot be made dead for whatever reason, electrical arc can occur.
Hazard measurement and incident energy
The severity of the thermal effect of an arc flash is defined by the amount of incident energy that a victim, standing at a given distance away from the arc, could receive to the skin surface.
As detailed in our 4P methodology for Electric Arc Flash hazard and risk assessment, you need to be able to calculate incident energy to truly understand the risk. This is why we have included a useful tool to calculate incident energy to Predict potential hazards and the severity of these.
Step 2 - Specify your fabric with Nomex®
A key part of the protecting step is to define the optimum PPE solutions to be used in an industrial site with various work positions. It is important to consider the layering of protective fabrics and garments, to understand everyday workwear requirements, and to review any additional protection which may be needed. Hand, face, eye and head protection also need to be taken into account. Selecting and specifying the right fabric before choosing a garment supplier is essential.
See how Nomex® compares to other FR fabrics for protecting workers from Electric Arc effectDownload Nomex® arc protective fabric portfolio
Step 3 – Select your garment with Nomex®
All protective garments made with Nomex® are made by our selected partners, including spinners, weavers, knitters and garment manufacturers. We work with these partners to develop innovative products which meet market needs and offer continuous improvements in safety and performance.
Garments made with Nomex® offer peace of mind
- Peace of mind – our partners meet stringent criteria for quality control, technical expertise, customer service, ethics and financial stability. Their quality standards exceed industry norms.
- Customized solutions - a program of innovation continually develops Nomex® solutions to meet specific market needs.
- Innovation – benefiting from DuPont fiber and fabric knowledge, Nomex® Partners can be first to market with Nomex® fabric innovations.
There is a wide range of DuPont Nomex® PPE garments available ready-made, or you can submit your own specifications for tailor-made solutions.
Our garment-maker partners can offer a broad range of protective solutions. Our Specification Guidelines provide direction on the key considerations for specifying arc protective fabrics. If you need support in preparing specifications or would like to know the most suitable garment supplier in your area, please contact us.
Recommended standard garments
These standard garments are ready-made, lightweight, durable solutions exceeding minimum protection requirements. No additional certification is required – helping to reduce lead times and cost. Please see our portfolio of certified standard solutions from our partners in your area.