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Understanding Electric Arc Flash Risk

An electric arc is a dangerous release of energy created by an electrical fault and is capable of causing death from resulting burns. More than 2,000 people are admitted annually to burn centers with severe arc-flash burns. In fact, the majority of hospital admissions due to electrical accidents are from arc-flash burns, not from shocks. Most severe burn injuries and fatalities are caused by non-flame resistant clothing igniting and continuing to burn.*

Protect your workers with fire resistant clothing that will self-extinguish or not burn.

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Who is at risk?

Electricians, maintenance workers, operators and others exposed to energized equipment are at risk for an electric arc flash and should be outfitted with appropriate fire resistant clothing for protection. Therefore, any operations that inspect, repair or maintain electrical equipment — especially manufacturers — are subject to NFPA 70E guidelines. These operations include:

  • Auto Manufacturing
  • Chemical Plants
  • Food Processing
  • Hospitals
  • Hotels
  • Metal Working
  • Paper and Pulp
  • Petroleum Refining
  • Printing
  • Retailing
  • Transportation

*NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, 2009 Edition, is a portion of the National Electric Code and addresses, in part, personal protective clothing for workers exposed to momentary electric arc. National Fire Protection Association, Quincy, MA 02169