All industries are hazardous, but the electrical industry is especially dangerous, requiring specific skills, attention to detail, and comprehensive training on machinery, equipment, and procedures. Here, we will delve into some of the specific Personal protective equipment (PPE) required in the electrical industry that can save thousands of lives every year.
With the demand for electricity and electrical products, the risk of arc flash hazards has increased. It is crucial to take appropriate protection measures when working with electrical equipment in case of an arc flash emergency. Without wearing the correct industry-standard PPE, an arc flash can result in deep burns, electric shock, blindness, or even death.
Arc-rated clothing is essential and provides transition clothing from low levels to high levels. Arc flash suits are made of flame-resistant materials such as cotton and nylon blends, which are comfortable and lightweight while providing good insulation.
To effectively prevent arc flash, it is advisable to wear base layers for extra insulation. This is the last line of defense in an electrical safety plan, but could be essential in case of an electrical explosion.
High-visibility, dual-tone, and single-color arc flash jackets should also be worn as they are suitable for outdoor or remote jobs where contact with electricity is possible. Workwear, shirts, pants, and jackets are industry standards and have double layers of protection made from advanced materials, making them ideal for welders who may face the risk of molten metal splatter.
Insulated boots and gloves are also crucial to ensure electrical and high-voltage safety, and they can protect the wearer in case of equipment or machinery exposure to electric shocks. Electrical gloves and boots are designed to provide protection against a range of voltages, and the rating of the gloves depends on the voltage protection they can provide. Standard insulated gloves, composite insulated arc rated gloves, and leather gloves are just some of the options available, and each should be considered based on the surrounding environment and electrical hazards.
Insulated safety boots with a unique protective device built-in prevent current from entering the body through the feet. Steel-toed boots with rubber soles are a popular and practical choice for technicians and electrical workers.
Electrical safety hooks are an essential part of electrical safety equipment used to rescue victims who have been shocked, while protecting the rescuer from electrical injury. The hook is made of polyester or fiberglass-filled foam tubing that provides insulation voltage up to 225 kV to prevent feedback current from causing harm to rescuers. The “S”-shaped design of the hook allows rescuers to grab the victim’s arm, leg, or waist securely to retrieve them quickly.
When working in the electrical industry, workers should be equipped with complete and correct PPE to carry out all projects safely and effectively to ensure that workers are well-prepared in the workplace.
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