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How to Properly Use Arc Flash Personal Protective Equipment

This 2 minute safety training video covers: Arc flash PPE, importance of "arc-rated" protective clothing, how to calculate "arc-rating" for a particular test, how to determine the Arc-Rating for Clothing, what are the physical hazards of arc flash and hazards of an arc blast. This clip was taken from a full-length training video. Click here to watch the 16 minute full length version.

The Full-Length Version is Available on DVD!

Electricity is so common in our homes and workplaces that we normally don’t think twice about using it. But electricity kills and injures thousands of people every year, so it’s important to understand its hazards and know how to avoid them.

Electricity poses two major hazards to people who work with it. The most intense is arc flash, a violent release of electrical energy that causes severe injuries and fatalities. The second is shock, which can cause burns, internal injuries, cardiac arrest and even be fatal.

Atlantic Training’s new training on Arc Flash focuses on what arc flash is, its hazards and how employees can avoid it on the job. The program provides practical procedures employees can use to protect themselves from electric shock, as well..

This Arc Flash NFPA 70E Training DVD Covers:

Video Transcript

We want to make a distinction of personal protective equipment to hazards applies to arc flash and boundary assessments. It’s much more than wearing gloves and safety glasses. Examples of the equipment could include a hard hat, face shield, flame resistant neck protection, ear protection, insulated rubber gloves with leather protectors and insulated leather footwear. NFPA 70E has specific requirements for PPE depending upon the potential hazard. Protective equipment, sufficient foot protection for electrical flash will be required for any part of the body which could be within 3 feet of the fault, that is why the assessment is so important in establishing boundaries to select the appropriate PPE that will protect you in the event of a flash. The common distance used for most low voltage incident energy research and testing is at 18" from the arching fault source. If a person is closer than 18", the higher the incident energy and blast hazard. In other words if the body has sufficient PPE for an 18" working distance, severe injury can result to any part of the body closer than 18" to the source of the arc.