ARC Flash PPE & Clothing

Safety in the distribution end of the power system isn’t complete without arc flash PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) clothing and gear. Conductive objects extremely close to an exposed current source can produce an arc flash. Opening panels on deteriorated equipment, inserting, or removing components from an energized system, dropping tools, and even a rodent infestation can cause an opportunity for an arc to occur. An arc flash is an explosive surge of heat and light, triggered by a sudden, unrestrained electrical arc which implies current passing through the air. Temperatures may reach as high as 35,000°F in just 1/1000 of a second which would result in vaporizing metal, causing lethal burns, and producing a blast wave that can collapse workers' lungs and rupture eardrums. Shrapnel, toxic gases, and intense UV rays can cause additional injuries.


High voltage electrical systems are always associated with the risks of an arc flash. Arc flash PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) such as electrical arc flash clothing or arc flash suit are essential for workers working in such environments as arc flash protection measures. IPD offers a range of Arc flash PPE to cater to the requirements of Australian arc flash gear inclusive of arc flash face shields, arc flash PPE gloves and gauntlets, and arc flash PPE helmets.

IPD offers DEHN’s APG range of gloves and gauntlets that meet the highest standards (IEC 61482-1-1, IEC 61482-1-2) of PPE. It offers protection against thermal and mechanical risk with an ATPV (Arc Thermal Performance Value) of up to 32.8 cal/cm2, available in sizes ranging from 8 to 12 in glove or gauntlet types. Its features include good touch sensitivity due to soft leather glove palm, enhanced wearing comfort due to usage of breathable materials and the special glove cut offering excellent fit. It rates at class 2 direct incident energy (423 kJ/m2) and extended direct incident energy (1050 – 1390 kJ/m2).

IPD offers DEHN’s arc protection face shield with an ATPV (Arc Thermal Performance Value) of up to 12 cal/cm2, made of 1.5mm thick plastic. Its special features offer high wearing comfort, high degree of protection and low wear due to energy-absorbing nano particles and excellent visibility due to anti-mist coating and high light transmittance with a visible light transmittance (VLT) rate of 65-75%. Electrical safety helmets are available in colours red, white, and yellow.

Browse IPD’s range of ARC flash PPE online below. If you would like to find out more information about our ARC flash PPE range, including our clothes, face shield’s and wide range of quality protection gear, get in touch with us on 1300 556 601 today.
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