Electricians face quite an array of hazards in their daily work, making PPE essential. One of the most dangerous risks they face is electric arc flash. High voltage switchgear can easily cause an electric arc flash, which, in turn, can cause serious injuries. CHARNAUD® explains why every employer in the electrical sector should provide quality electric arc flash protective wear for their staff.
What Is Arc Flash And What Damage Can It Do?
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) describes an Electric Arc Flash Hazard as “A dangerous condition associated with the release of energy caused by an electric arc.” An arc flash happens when an electric current passes through the air between ungrounded conductors, or between ungrounded and grounded conductors (NFPA). An electric arc flash can result from inserting a tool in the incorrect place or dropping a tool into
a circuit breaker, where conductive dust or humidity are present, or as a result of a failure of equipment. Forces may exceed 100 kPa (Kilo Pascal), and debris is spread at up to 300 metres/second with temperatures of up to
20 000 °C. This energy is in the form of a blinding flash of light and a deafening noise. In this explosion, an immense amount of concentrated energy is forced outward from the electrical equipment toward the electrical worker, spreading super-hot gases and an associated shower of molten metal.
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Why You Need Arch Flash Protection
Considering the risks involved with electric arc flash, it is clear that robust protective gear is necessary to guard against it. PPE is the last line of defence when it comes to electrical hazards. Good electric arc flash protection can guard you and your staff against the severe burns and other injuries that can result from arc flash.
CHARNAUD®’s SURVIVE-ARC® head-to-foot PPE range is specifically designed to protect workers against the thermal effects of an electric arc flash. The range includes switching suits, coveralls, boots, gloves dust coats, balaclavas, hoods, trousers and jackets, all designed to international standards to provide reliable protection when arc flashes occur.
Come to CHARNAUD® to Get Your Crew Fitted with Arc Protection Wear
CHARNAUD® is a supplier of quality PPE for a variety of professions. We can help equip your electrical staff to face all the possible risks of their work, including arc flash. Contact us for advice and quotations on PPE for your business.