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Blog Author Steve Hudgik

Monday, July 07, 2008

New Arc Flash Helmet & Faceshield

Arc flash helmet and face shield from Extreme Safety

Protecting the face and head region from arc flash hazards is crucial. The face shield and helmet combination does the job effectively and barely restricts movement or causes an inconvenience.

The face shield is designed to deflect blast energy away from the face, while absorbing heat and spatter. The helmet is simply a mounting device for the face shield, but is made of similar material. Standard face shield and hardhats will melt in an arc flash; for that reason you should only use arc flash approved PPE.

A new add-on for the face shield is the Nomex flap. The flap attaches to the bottom of the face shield, and hangs down to the chest. This creates a mechanical barrier between to cover the gap between the face shield and chin area.

Although the face shield and helmet achieve their 10ka/1sec arc flash rating without this flap, it is an approved extra feature suitable for some applications.

More information is available from Extreme Safety.

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