Step 3: Ensure Adequate Supplies of PPE and Proper Tools

PPE suit testing

Employees working in areas where there are potential electrical hazards shall be provided with personal protective equipment (PPE) that is appropriate for the specific parts of the body to be protected. This can include arc-resistant shirt, pants or coveralls, or a multilayer flash suit. Additional PPE requirements consist of flash hoods, voltage-rated gloves, EH-rated safety shoes, safety glasses and hard hats.

The 2012 NFPA 70E also requires employees who are working within the arc flash boundary to wear hearing protection.

Properly rated equipment is needed to test voltages. Insulated tools are required for workers who are to perform testing and troubleshooting on energized equipment.

PPE mask testing

Read about the importance of PPE in an article by IAEI Magazine called, Arc Flash - A Survivor's Perspective. (requires membership to read)

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