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Three reasons employees disregard PPE safety policies and what you can do about it

When you need to kit out your workforce in Arc Flash safety garments that could potentially save their lives, whether it looks good probably isn’t high on your list of priorities. But it should be. The cynics of the world might think we only put so much effort into making our garments look great to make the catalogue photography look attractive. But there are three more serious reasons behind us investing in good design choices during the research and development...
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Watch: Eddie’s Story

You may have seen a blog article from ourselves a couple of years ago about an operative who suffered an Arc Flash incident whilst at work. Fortunately, he was wearing suitable clothing and PPE which ended up saving his life and protecting him from further, more significant injury. We were fortunate enough to meet with Eddie Smith, a Team Leader for construction firm, Clancy Docwra, and his colleagues to speak to them about the day, the incident itself and the...
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Watch: The PPE tests that you need to see

Arc Flash vs. Cotton Baselayers Making the right PPE choices for your team can be a real challenge. You must weigh up several factors: comfort, fit, durability and value for money to name but a few. But what can happen when you start to mix a variety of garments that offer different levels of protection or meet different standards? Does seeking optimum comfort whilst trying to hit a budget compromise the protection wearers receive in their last line of defence?...
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NEW 2700 Arc Flash Dexterity Glove – Practical & comfortable Arc Flash glove solution

At ProGARM, we are committed to continual research and improvement to innovate as quickly as possible and bring you the new products and Arc Flash protection you are searching for. Our latest innovation is the 2700 Arc Flash dexterity glove, designed and developed to provide a comfortable and practical glove solution for those undertaking complex work with their hands. The latest development within our accessories range, the 2700 glove combines exceptional Arc Flash protection with practical features, including abrasion resistance,...
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Shorter days need greater safety awareness

A recent study by the RAC Foundation reveals that the annual exercise of rolling back the clocks to GMT causes a spike of 20 additional car crashes a day, with 75% of these in the afternoons which are darker after the clocks change. Their report is consistent with many others around the world which attribute this phenomenon partly to the changing light levels and partly to fatigue caused by the short-term impact changing the clocks has on our bodies -...
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Stop the Shock

Every October, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) runs a themed safety campaign aimed at businesses operating in this fast-growing industry. This year, they’re focusing on electrical safety with a month-long ‘Stop The Shock’ campaign. Their goal is to reduce exposure to major electrical hazards during the construction and operation of wind farms. Campaign materials include support materials for training, posters and hard hat stickers. They have also produced a webinar which focuses on different types of electrical hazards, appropriate...
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Why ProGARM doesn’t do ‘pink and shrink’

With increasing numbers of women in engineering professions, and a continuing drive to increase the number of girls and women pursuing STEM subjects and careers, many PPE companies have fallen into a stereotype trap. Not us. Here at ProGARM, we want to make sure all the Arc Flash protective garments we provide to female workers are every bit as safe, practical and comfortable to wear as garments we provide to men. And that means designing them for women, not adapting...
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Arc Flash mitigation: The legal, moral and financial business case

It’s thought that many instances of Arc Flash are generically reported as electrical RIDDOR incidents and is a potential example as to why Arc Flash mitigation isn't always considered. Unfortunately, this means it’s impossible to know exactly how many Arc Flash incidents occur each year. Through our own ProGARM studies and industry knowledge though, we believe it’s far more common than most people realise. The consequences of Arc Flashes can be devastating for those involved as the injuries sustained can...
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Awareness of safety guidance ahead of groundworks (HSG47)

Last month we reported on Arc Flash risks during construction groundworks and how risks to contractors and engineers on site can be mitigated, especially by following HSG47 safety guidance. HSG47 is the Health & Safety Executive's issued guidance aimed at all those involved in commissioning, planning, managing and carrying out work on or near underground services. It’s comprehensive in covering the three basic elements of safe systems of work through planning, locating & identifying buried services and safe excavation. The...
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Is a false sense of security creating new Arc Flash risks in power generation?

For those working in the power generation sector, who are likely to be interacting with extremely high voltages and large currents, the risks of Arc Flash have always been better understood than in many other industries. Yet there’s a new risk emerging in the shape of false security. False sense of security creates Arc Flash risk In recent years there have been huge advances in the technology available to detect circuitry faults. Within fractions of a second, these fantastic systems...
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