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Arc Flash PPE Selection Guidance
Electricity is arguably the most valuable resource we have in our modern society. Without electricity, most of the things we do and rely on on a daily basis wouldn’t be there.
Understanding the importance of wearing, selecting, and caring for the proper PPE is essential to ensuring the protection of your employees and/or vendors. The Codes in NFPA 70E are, “Minimum Standards.” What does that really mean? These codes are used to provide the employer with a minimum standard requirement for personal protection equipment. Okay, so what does that mean? If the Arc Flash Label says, “the technician must wear level 1 PPE to work on this equipment while energized’ it means the technician is only protected from getting a Third-Degree Incurable Burn! Wow!
Does that mean the technician could get a second-degree burn under the PPE if exposed to an Arc Flash Event? (Event = Explosion) Yes! What do you think? Have you ever had a first-degree burn? Excruciating, right? Well, of course you wouldn’t want to be exposed too, or expose one of your employees to a second-degree burn, would you? Therefore, the selection of the proper PPE is essential. Even more so, why the instructions for caring for and laundering one’s PPE is so important.
When searching for a reliable electrical safety consultant, call us at 1-888-NFPA70E. You will find everything you need here to understand, learn, and implement in your company as laid out in the NFPA 70E.