“Maximizing Your Arc-Rated Gear”

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“Maximizing Your Arc-Rated Gear”

Choosing PPE for your employees can be a daunting task.

You not only have to decide the appropriate pieces to purchase, but you also must consider your employees’ comfort and the proper donning and use of each PPE.

Then you’ll want to teach your employees how to care for your investment.

Feeling overwhelmed? You are not alone, but you are not without help. Stacy Klausing and I have written an article that can help you get started in the right direction. You can find the article in the February 2017 issue of Incident Prevention magazine; click here to view the article online.

We explain differences in fabrics, advantages and disadvantages of arc-flash hoods, some options for AR gloves, and proper care of AR PPE.

Included in the section of PPE care are the details of an Arcwear study completed in 2016 showing the effects of bleach and fabric softener on AR fabrics.

Many AR PPE options exist today, with more to come. While going through the task of examining all your options, the best plan of action should begin with education: learn as much as you can about your options by talking to your trusted manufacturers.

Hugh Hoagland

does research and testing of PPE exposed to electrical arcs and is an arc flash expert. Hugh is a Sr. Consultant at ArcWear and Sr. Partner at e-Hazard. Read more about Hugh.

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