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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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ProGARM Quarterly Product Update – Q3, 2018

At ProGARM we have a culture of consistently improving our products and services. To emphasise this, almost 50% of our core product range has either been developed as a brand new product or upgraded in terms of protection, comfort and quality within the past 12 months. To better communicate these changes with our customers we've decided to produce quarterly product updates to bring everyone up to speed with developments to the range here at ProGARM. These will consist of a...
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How to compare Arc Flash PPE for the Industrial Electrical sector

When you work in the Industrial Electrical sector – on power lines, in distribution centres or on industrial power supply maintenance for example – you know that Arc Flash incidents are just as possible in both high and low voltage environments. You’re perhaps also more informed than most about the frequency of Arc Flash incidents in the UK each year, the need for Arc Flash PPE and more acutely aware that they can leave families devasted by the impact of...
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Arc Flash Risks during construction groundworks

While Arc Flash training and PPE equipment tend to be focused mainly, or even only, on those working in high voltage environments, civil engineering contractors preparing a site for construction often face Flash Risks & incidents. This is because service maps often return inaccurate information about the location of underground utilities, including electrical cables. So, anyone digging or breaking ground could face a Flash Risk from a life-altering or life-threatening Arc Flash incident. The Impact of Inadequate Service Maps on...
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