Category: Industry News

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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Low Voltage, low Arc Flash risk: Arc Flash myths

It’s all too common for people to think Arc Flash risks are only presented to those working in high voltage environments. But that’s just not true. One of the main problems of this widespread belief is that Arc Flash training and PPE equipment tends to be focused only on those working in high voltage working environments. This means other employees are left completely unprotected and unprepared for potential arc flash risks in the event of an Arc Flash incident. THE...
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8 things you can do to keep your Arc Flash clothing safe

Here at ProGarm, we’re specialists in Arc Flash clothing and PPE. In fact, we don’t do anything else. That means we’re always putting 100% of our research, time and energy into developing the safest and best quality Arc Flash protective clothing and equipment. Here are some important care tips to help you make sure your items of arc flash clothing keep offering you as much protection as the day you got them. Day after day after day… Make sure your...
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Arc Flash Risks in the Rail industry

Arc Flash risks are becoming more widely recognised as a specific cause for concern to those working in the rail industry, over and above general electrical incidents, although there is still work to do on raising awareness of the Arc Flash risks in the rail industry. An Arc Flash incident can occur any time people are working with electrical components. For the rail industry there are particular risks around working with electrical services and also when breaking ground. What are...
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Arc Flash protective clothing testing – what you need to know

We’re proud of the rigorous testing all of our Arc Flash protective clothing are put through to ensure they will perform in the event of an Arc Flash incident. All our core Arc Flash protective clothing products meet the international standard for protection against Arc Flash incidents, IEC 61482. But what testing do our Arc Flash protective clothing products go through to earn their place in our brochure? And how can you use the results to be sure you order...
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See that you’re safe with Arc Flash Protection with ProGARM’s SafetyIcon

When safety is paramount it’s critical that you and your team can be certain that their PPE is the right PPE. That’s why ProGARM developed SafetyIcon, a label easily visible on all of our clothing which shows at a glance the type of Arc Flash protection each piece offers. The key information We break the information down into its important component parts: ARC – the level of arc flash protection FR – whether it’s flame resistant AS – any anti-static...
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Arc Flash risks in the renewable wind industry

Arc Flash risks linked to renewable wind energy are broadly the same whether the turbine is part of a large commercial wind farm or one of the growing number of small-scale turbines installed by householders and businesses. As a rapidly-growing industry, wind power has the potential to contribute significantly to our national energy needs, but this means it’s even more important that the industry gets to grips with the Arc Flash risks to its workforce. What are the Arc Flash...
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How many Arc Flash incidents are there in the UK?

How many Arc Flash incidents are there in the UK? The answer, disappointingly, is that nobody knows. Alarmingly, our own research revealed that a staggering 57% of electrical workers had first-hand experience of an Arc Flash incident having experienced or seen someone else suffer a strike during their career. This suggests the frequency of Arc Flash incidents is far higher than officially reported electrical incident statistics might suggest. So, one of things we remain frustrated by here at ProGARM, is...
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What you need to know about Arc Flash protection

What you need to know about Arc Flash protection Wearing a hard hat, gloves and safety boots is second nature to people working out on site. But there’s very little official guidance about Arc Flash incidents and how best to provide arc flash protection for your workers from them, so how do you know what you need to do to keep your people safe? Are you taking all of the precautions you need to? HSE Guidance on Arc Flash Protection...
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