Four common misconceptions about Arc Flash protection

Four common misconceptions about Arc Flash protection

Arc Flash protection in the workplace

Arc Flash protection is a vital consideration for the safe and smooth running of industries across the world. However, as more information about your responsibility in terms of Arc Flash protection becomes available, more misinformation begins to circulate.

When it comes to Arc Flash clothing, you can’t afford to take a risk, so let’s clear up a few misunderstandings.

1. If a garment is Flame Resistant it can protect against an Arc Flash incident 

This is one of the most dangerous myths and we hear it circulating on a regular basis. Being Flame Resistant is not the same as protecting against Arc Flash and even the suggestion puts your team in grave danger.

It is true that Arc Flash clothing is Flame Resistant by its very nature, but there are separate dedicated standards that apply to Flame Resistance on its own.

Don’t be fooled into thinking you’re protected from an Arc Flash incident if you’re wearing flame resistant clothing – you’re not.

2. Arc Flash clothing won’t last very long

How long your Arc Flash and Flame Resistant clothing lasts is down to two factors – how dedicated your chosen manufacturer is and how well you and your team look after the garments.

Given that you understand the importance of adequate Arc Flash protection, you’ll probably do everything in your power to look after your garments properly. But what about the manufacturer?

It’s important to choose a manufacturer that is not only stringent about their testing procedures, but is also determined to surpass the required standards instead of simply complying with them.

3. Components are just the frilly bits

Components are a vital part of your Arc Flash clothing, and they can be where the flaws are hidden!

Imagine this – you have a 100% inherent fabric that has been Arc rated to provide resistance at a certain level, but the components aren’t Flame Resistant. That’s going to be a bit of a problem, as substandard or weak components can melt or drip, causing hazards that may damage the garment and the wearer.

4. Arc Flash clothing is uncomfortable to wear

The truth is, a lot of Arc Flash clothing isn’t the most comfortable to wear. That means that workforces don’t enjoy wearing it and they can inadvertently compromise their own safety by wearing it incorrectly.

However, some manufacturers put a lot of time and effort into developing Arc Flash clothing that is not only protective but also feels comfortable to wear. Make sure you find of those manufacturers.