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Arc Flash injuries – what you need to know

They say knowledge is power and that’s certainly the case when it comes to your health and safety at work – and particularly in the case of Arc Flash injuries. It’s difficult to quantify the number of Arc Flash injuries in the UK as there is no specific category to report them. Reports to the HSE suggest around 1,000 electrical incidents take place in the UK each year, with around 30 people dying from injuries sustained as a result – mostly from...
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The causes of Arc Flash – what you need to know

An important factor in keeping yourself safe is knowing the causes of Arc Flash incidents. Understanding what might prompt an Arc Flash will help you mitigate those risks, ultimately leaving you safer. It’s not just those who work directly on electrical systems who need to know about Arc Flash risks. Depending on the incident energy and whether it happens in a confined space (which focuses the energy forwards instead of allowing it to dissipate sideways), a blast from an Arc...
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Arc Flash training protects your workforce

When an incident can cause injuries that can be life-changing or life-ending, it’s no surprise that Arc Flash training protects your workforce from these hazards. General health and safety training and a culture of recording and talking about near misses will all help develop a workforce that looks out for, and is more likely to avoid, hazards. But when an incident can be caused by something as simple as a dropped tool, specialist Arc Flash training will help protect your...
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Coronavirus – Product availability update

Amid major concerns over the global spread of the Coronavirus, our Senior Management and Supply Chain teams have investigated potential risks to our supply chain and how these may affect our ability to supply and service our customers. We are pleased to confirm that at this time we have no concerns over our ability to supply stock SKUs or bespoke items in the next 20+ weeks. We believe that the probability of disruption is very minimal. Our supply chain model...
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5 Arc Flash myths busted – Part 2

The first rule of workplace safety is understanding the risks, but when it comes to an Arc Flash, there are so many myths that crop up, making it hard to know what the real risks are and how to mitigate them. Occurring when an electrical discharge or short circuit moves through the air, an Arc Flash is caused by voltage spike, worn connections, cable strikes or gaps in insulation. The energy expelled by an Arc Flash can be deadly, with...
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Is the Arc Flash risk greater at high or low voltage?

Electrical engineers working at high voltage are acutely aware of the risks – and implications – of incidents, but is the risk of an arc flash greater at high or low voltage? Is there complacency among those working only on low voltage systems and what are the implications? Low voltage, low Arc Flash incidence? It would be easy to assume that low voltage systems pose less of a risk of arc flash incidents, but that is just not the case....
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How to respond to workplace incidents

Workplace incidents happen every day. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), estimates based on the Labour Force Survey indicate there were 0.6m non-fatal injuries to workers in the UK in 2017/18 and employers reported 71,062 non-fatal injuries as RIDDOR incidents in the same period. Here at ProGARM, we believe that there are a number of steps you can take to reduce the risk of workplace incidents and that protective safety clothing and other PPE items provide an essential...
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5 Arc Flash myths busted – part 1

As a lesser-known risk, there are a whole host of Arc Flash myths which are bandied about as truths. Anyone who has worked in environments with an Arc Flash risk knows that these flashes of intense energy are no joke. Presenting a real risk to health and even to life, it’s essential that electricians, electrical engineers and anyone else responsible for or working on electrical switchgear is able to separate fact from fiction. So, what’s the truth? ARC FLASH MYTH...
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At what voltage can an arc flash occur?

There are many variables that can influence the scale of an Arc Flash, including voltage. But the idea that such an extreme and intense explosion can only arise in high voltage environments is a myth. Though it’s broadly true that the greater the voltage the more significant the safety risk associated with an Arc Flash, there are many other variables which can influence the severity of an incident – even in low voltage environments. Arc Flash incidents happen when there’s...
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How can you be sure your Arc Flash PPE will still protect you after Brexit?

With so much uncertainty still remaining about what will happen after 31 January 2020, how can you be sure your Arc Flash PPE will still protect you after Brexit? The simple answer is that ProGARM has committed to ensure that all of our garments and equipment provide the highest level of protection after Brexit so that you can be confident your workwear will continue to protect you and your team from the hazards you face. What Arc Flash PPE standards...
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