Category: Industry News

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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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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