Arc Flash & Electrical Safety News
Blog Author Steve Hudgik
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Proposed Changes To NFPA 70E Seek To Revise Arc Flash LabelsAn article in the May/June issue of the NFPA Journal discusses the changes in arc flash labeling requirements that are included in NFPA 70E - 2009. The opening paragraph states:
"Since arc flash labels were first required in 2002, there have been many differences throughout the industry between the wording and the choice of signal word and color. The 2009 edition of NFPA 70E, Electrical Safety in the Workplace, will require, for the first time, that one of two pieces of information be on the label: either the required level of personal protective equipment (PPE) to wear or the available incident energy. However, it leaves the color and signal word of the label and any other information the facility wants to put on the label up to the discretion of facility management."
This is currently the most read online article in the NFPA Journal. You can read the article here.
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Monday, July 07, 2008
New Arc Flash Helmet & FaceshieldArc 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.
Labels: Arc Flash PPE