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 Post subject: AF clothing requirements
PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 5:25 pm 
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In the plant that I work, we manufacture medical devices. This is a clean room environment, including hair and beard covers ( nets) and a poly clean room gown. The machines in the area are all feed from a few 480v 3 phase buss's. The machines use various amperages from 30A to 200A. The company has supplied the electricians with AF level 2 ppe per the arc flash analysis we had done. The problem is that the gowns and beard covers as well as the earplugs and saftey glasses are not AF rated, I was told that we have purchased AF gowns ( long coats ) but the QA dept has not approved them for use in the clean room, and they havent purchased the hair/beard covers or the earplugs. So my question is can they make me work in CAT 2 AF if I dont have the correct AF ppe?
( The AF clothing we have now is a long sleve button shirt and pants)
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 6:53 am 
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White Knight make clean room FR rated PPE for this

http://www.wkep.com/index.php?module=catalog&CTL_Category_op=view&CTL_Category_id=7&MMN_position=39:15


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 10:57 am 
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I belive that the stuff we have is approved clean room but our QA dept has the final say, and as of yet they havent approved it and like I had said the ear plugs and hair covers arent AF and I havent heard that they were getting any, and they still want us to work in CAT 2 area with the stuff we have. I see this as a conflict, follow the regs, but if they say work with out the ppe thats ok?


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 9:22 am 
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Your non- arc rated hair nets are likely to be meltable. I understand that at least one of the gentlemen in this video was wearing a net under his hard hat, which melted into his head. [url]http://www.magnaelectric.com/content/view/39/56/ :([/url]


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 3:55 pm 
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FR Cleanroom Garments

There are a couple different vendors that have FR Cleanroom garments that we found acceptable.

We chose one made by Oberon called ArcClean.
http://www.westernsafety.com/oberon-2007/oberonpg2.html
scroll all the way to the bottom of the page.
G&K Services also has an FR Cleanroom garment called ChemStat 919

The cleanroom garments have attached hoods to cover the hair.

Salisbury also makes FR hair/beard covers just look on their webpage or catalog.
http://www.whsalisbury.com/


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