Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is an important line of defense in arc flash safety. Arc flash PPE requirements should feature head-to-toe protection against serious electrical hazards so you’re able to get the job done in the safest, most efficient and professional manner possible. Appropriate arc flash PPE requirements includes fire- and heat-resistant gear to protect your entire body from the dangers of arc flash, including your skin, vision and hearing. 

Determining the correct Arc Flash PPE can be very challenging. Electrical Safety Specialists’ guide will make determining the Arc Flash PPE requirements effortless. 

NFPA 70E, 130.7 Personal and Other Protective Equipment says employees exposed to electrical hazards when the risk associated with the hazard is not adequately reduced by the applicable electrical installation requirements shall be provided with, and shall use, protective equipment that is designed and constructed for the specific part of the body to be protected and for the work to be performed. 

Arc Flash PPE Requirements: 
≤1.2cal/cm2 (recommended) 
Protective clothing, non-melting (in accordance with ASTM F 1506) or untreated natural fiber (e.g. untreated cotton)       

  • Shirt (long sleeve)
  • Pants (long)
  • Coverall
Other PPE:
  • Face shield for projectile protection as needed (AN)
  • Safety glasses or safety goggles (Selection of one is group is Required by 130.5(C)(1).)
  • Hearing Protection
  • Heavy-duty leather gloves or rubber insulating gloves with leather protectors (AN) 

PPE Requirements Are Important For Arc Flash Safety ESS Electrical Safety Specialists>1.2 to 12 cal/cm2 
Arc-rated clothing and equipment with an arc rating equal to or greater than the determined incident energy. Arc ratings can be for a single layer, such as an arc-rated shirt and pants or a coverall, or for an arc flash suit or a multi-layer system consisting of a combination of arc-rated shirt and pants, coverall, and arc flash suit. 

  • Arc-rated long-sleeve shirt and arc-rated pants or arc-rated coverall or arc flash suit (SR) 
  • Arc-rated face shield and arc-rated balaclava or arc-rated flash suit hood (SR) 
  • Arc-rated jacket, parka, or rain-wear (AN)Other PPE
  • Hard hat
  • Arc-rated hard hat liner (AN)
  • Safety glasses or safety goggles (SR)
  • Hearing protection
  • Heavy-duty leather gloves or rubber insulating gloves with leather protectors (SR) 
  • Leather footwear 
>12 to <40 cal/cm2 
Arc-rated clothing and equipment with an arc rating equal to or greater than the determined incident energy includes:
PPE Requirements Are Important For Arc Flash Safety ESSOther PPE
  • Hard hat
  • Arc-rated hard hat liner (AN)
  • Safety glasses or safety goggles (SR)
  • Hearing protection
  • Arc-rated gloves or rubber insulating gloves with leather protectors (SR)
  • Leather footwear 
≥40 cal/cm2 DANGER 
No safe PPE exists! Do not work on while energized! 

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