Boddington’s Electrical: Why Arc Flash PPE is Essential

Arc flash is dangerous. It occurs during a fault, or short circuit condition, which passes through a gap between two electrodes. This can be initiated through accidental contact, faulty equipment, contamination, and various other causes. An Arc flash event can expel a huge amount of deadly energy, and temperatures can reach astounding heights. This can set fire to clothing and severely burn human skin within fractions of a second, as well as posing other risks such as causing deafness and blindness.

In order to identify the specific hazard of a piece of equipment, an Arc flash study must be performed and the protection boundary must be identified. Within the Arc Flash Protection Boundary, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is essential. Depending on the cal/cm2,the appropriate level of protection should be adhered to.

Here at Boddington’s Electrical, we supply protection ranging from Arc 15 to Arc 100; all made with inherently flame retardant material. What’s more, our suits are lightweight and comfortable and will remain effective even after years of frequent laundering. The windows of our suits are also distortion free and have exceptional visible light transmission, therefore reducing possible damage to your eyes.

Those involved in the design, implementation and evaluation of electrical systems must have a comprehensive understanding of Arc Flash Hazards, how to evaluate them and minimise risk to an electrical worker. PPE is an essential part of this, and must be worn wherever there is risk of Arc Flash of any level.

At Boddington’s Electrical, we have 15 years of experience in the industry and in this time we have established ourselves as a leading manufacturer and supplier of insulated tools and electrical safety products. We are committed to supplying the highest quality and safest equipment there is. Browse through our website to see all of the products we have on offer, or download our catalogue today.