IEC 61482-2 Second Edition Just Released!

IEC 61482-2As the International Chair of IEC TC78 Live Working Committee, I am excited to announce the recent publication of the second edition of IEC Standard 61482-2 Live working – Protective clothing against the thermal hazards of an electric arc – Part 2: Requirements.

This revised standard is applicable to protective clothing used in work where there is the risk of exposure to an electric arc hazard.  The document specifies requirements and test methods applicable to materials and garments for protective clothing for electrical workers against the thermal hazards of an electric arc. Continue reading

Arc Rated Clothing Causing Health Effects

We have gone to wearing cotton HRC2 (8.6 cal/cm2) uniforms and about 10% of the employees have found the clothing to cause burning and itching with at least one case of dermatitis. This seems to be happening in hot locations and when the employee works hard enough to work up a sweat. Our company has taken the approach that we are to wear arc flash protection at all times even there is no risk of danger (sitting in a control room entering data into a computer).I was wondering if others have found some of their employees also have had adverse reactions to wearing PPE’s and how it was dealt with. We are going into our cooling season and a few more people are complaining about the uniforms. READ MORE.