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Standards Matter in Arc Flash Safety
Standards Matter in Arc Flash Safety

Elliotts manufacture and customise a large range of industry specific ArcFlash, Arc Rated Protective Clothing for the Australasian Market. Wearing ArcFlash specific flame resistant clothing provides the necessary thermal protection to shield workers from an Arc Flash. In many cases, this PPE can mean the difference between a minor accident and a tragic fatality.

 

Arc Flash PPE Maintenance Dos and Don’ts
Arc Flash PPE Maintenance Dos and Don’ts

If you’ve ever purchased arc flash personal protective equipment (PPE), you know that it isn’t exactly an inexpensive purchase. But this is because of the highly engineered materials used, the extensive testing required and the fact that the gear has the ability to protect workers when exposed to a potentially devastating arc flash it is a justified, essential expense.

Due to this large expense, it is common practice for companies to share PPE, as most companies cannot justify purchasing each worker their own personal gear, especially if they only work on high voltage equipment occasionally.

In this COVID-19 world, an emphasis on cleanliness and hygiene is of utmost importance to companies and employees alike. But, how do companies keep their shared arc flash PPE clean and safe for workers.

It has to be Seen to be Believed: New ArcSafe® AmpShield™ Arc Flash Face Shield
It has to be Seen to be Believed: New ArcSafe® AmpShield™ Arc Flash Face Shield

For over 50 years, Elliotts has been innovating and designing new products to meet the needs of our customers, and our brand new ArcSafe® AmpShield™  Arc Flash Face Shield is the ‘what’s next’ in arc flash protection. 

Harnessing the latest revolutionary technology the ArcSafe® AmpShield™ Arc Flash Face Shield now offers users full-colour recognition and improved visibility. The grey-coloured, highly transparent face shield now offers an alternative to the traditional green arc flash face shield.

Introducing Elliotts’ Next Generation of Arc Flash PPE
Introducing Elliotts’ Next Generation of Arc Flash PPE

The brand new ArcSafe® X50 range includes the new state-of-the-art Lift Front hood as well as a traditional arc flash hood which both include the new grey-coloured highly transparent face shield which allows full colour recognition. The range doesn’t stop at hoods, the X50 range also includes a Jacket and Trouser or Coat and legging combinations, both available with and without Reflective Trim.

Five Commonly Asked Questions about Arc Flashes
Five Commonly Asked Questions about Arc Flashes

The dangers of working in environments with risk of Electrical Arc Flash was starkly highlighted in February 2015, when two men tragically lost their lives in an Arc Flash explosion at the Galleria Shopping Centre in Perth. Since then many commercial and industrial electrical companies have reviewed their policies and compliances with regard to Arc Flashes and the required PPE measures available to protect workers.

While managers, owners and safety officers are well aware of the requirements and technical terminology around arc flash protection, it’s just as important that everyone working in these industries and selling PPE have an understanding of the requirements and what steps can be taken to reduce risk.

Protect your Workers from Arc Flashes
Protect your Workers from Arc Flashes

An Arc Flash is an electrical current that is passed through the air when insulation or isolation between electrified conductors is no longer sufficient to withstand the applied voltage. The extremely high temperatures of these arcs, about four times as high as that of the sun’s surface, can set fire to clothing and severely burn human skin in a fraction of a second, and at a significant distance from the event.

Should Metal Closures be used in Arc Rated Clothing?
Should Metal Closures be used in Arc Rated Clothing?

The question of whether metal closures should be used on arc rated clothing is raised regularly by end users especially in relation to zippers and press studs. Hugh Hoagland from e-Hazard in the US recently posed the question “Can a shirt with a metal snap or a metal zipper meet ASTM F1506 and NFPA 70E?”. Hugh’s answer “This is a matter of opinion and there is some controversy about the issue”. So there appears to be no conclusive answer to this question so we thought we would clear up how and why Elliotts have approached this issue.

 

 

All You Need To Know About Arc Flash
All You Need To Know About Arc Flash

Arc Flash Hazard is a subject that is undergoing increased discussion in today’s safety conscious environment. This is because an Arc Flash burn is the number one injury resulting from electrical malfunctions. So we have answered a number of pertinent questions for our readers.