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IEC 61482-1-1:2019 – does your Arc Flash protection meet the new testing standard?

A new test standard for arc flash protection – IEC 61482-1-1:2019 – was introduced in May 2019, which means arc flash protective garments certified after May 2019 have to be tested under these new, more stringent conditions under the PPE regulation. This is a result of the updates to the Arc Flash standard for garments, IEC 61482-2:2018, which was released in 2018. The new test results in a new way of rating arc flash clothing, ELIM (Energy Incident Limit), which...
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Health and safety risks in cold weather

It should be no surprise that winter arrives each year, with its colder temperatures, less hospitable weather and, with it, a new set of health and safety risks. As with most health and safety topics, planning and preparing for prevention are the best tools to make sure that your workforce is safe. Here are some of the biggest health and safety risks in winter weather and what you can do about them. Slips and trips As the weather turns wetter...
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Arc flash labels – why it’s important to read and understand them

Electrical equipment requires a wide range of labelling to ensure that people working on or near it are aware of the hazards it could present. In the case of arc flash labels, there are a number of key pieces of information you need to look for and understand in order to be sure that you would be protected in the event of an incident. Labels complement the hierarchy of control , which is critical to preventing incidents, allowing you to make...
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What’s the ‘safe distance’ for Arc Flash risks?

Given the nature of the injuries that can be sustained in an Arc Flash, the general lack of awareness of Arc Flash risks is still disappointingly low. Our Arc Flash Survey in 2017 revealed a staggering 78% of respondents were still unaware of what the Health & Safety Executive’s (HSE) guidance included when it came to reducing the risks of Arc Flash incidents. In the UK, British Standard BS EN 50110, Operation of Electrical Systems, provides the governing safety guidance...
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How often should you carry out Arc Flash studies?

Too often overlooked as a health and safety concern in comparison with other work environment risks, an Arc Flash can be potentially deadly. Arc Flashes most commonly occur when somebody is switching on electrical circuits - in particular, tripped circuit-breakers - and are the result of electric current flowing through an air gap between conductors. The ensuing flash can burn at a level of heat as intense as the surface of the sun, causing catastrophic burns or injuries, and even...
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Hierarchy of control – how it applies to Arc Flash incidents

The hierarchy of control is a critical process in preventing health and safety incidents. Think of it as a strategy for safety. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) says that risks should be reduced to the lowest level practical, but also that not every step will be relevant to every project. The standard hierarchy of control is: Elimination – removes the cause of danger completelySubstitution – controls the hazard by replacing it with a less risky way to achieve the same outcomeIsolation –...
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How much does Arc Flash protective clothing cost?

How much does Arc Flash protective clothing cost? Margins are tight, so budgets are tight. You need to know your decisions will keep your colleagues safe, but you’re also under pressure to keep spending to a minimum. Commercially, it’s understandable that you’re expected to justify your procurement decisions. So here are some ways you can show that what seems like a more expensive purchase now, will save you money in the longer term. How buying the cheapest Arc Flash PPE...
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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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