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Is it a good idea to wear arc flash clothing where just shock hazards are present, or is that overkill?
For a shock hazard to occur, exposed energized parts are required. When such conditions exist, an arc flash hazard is present. Now the severity of the arc flash may vary by being less than 1.2cal/cm2 or greater. If less than 1.2cal/cm2 , arc rated clothing isn’t required.
There are two VERY important points to note though:
1. Arc rated clothing does not offer electric shock protection. It is not designed to impede the flow of current but rather to reduce heat transfer to skin. So it will NOT offer added benefit.
2. It is my opinion that companies having arc flash hazards sporadically across equipment should provide their workers with arc rated daily work-wear uniforms. The best protection is one that is always present and always used. If your company requires workers to constantly don and doff arc rated clothing, there is the outside chance that it may be forgotten when needed.
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