ARC Flash Work Jackets – designed for protection, durability and comfort

Designing a good arc flash work jacket requires careful consideration of several key factors to ensure optimal protection, comfort, and usability for workers exposed to electrical hazards. Here are the essential elements we put into the design of our high-quality arc flash work jackets:

  1. Material Selection:
    • The jacket is made of 270 gsm (grams per square meter) fabric consisting of 65% Modacrylic, 33% Cotton, and 2% Anti-static material. Modacrylic is a flame-resistant synthetic fibre known for its excellent thermal properties. The addition of cotton provides comfort, while the anti-static component helps dissipate static electricity.
    • The description highlights the robustness of the material while emphasizing its soft and comfortable feel, ensuring both durability and wearer comfort.
  1. Ergonomic Design:
    • Features like the stand-up collar with Velcro closure, action back for ease of movement, and half elasticated sleeve cuffs with Velcro tabs indicate attention to ergonomic design, allowing for a comfortable fit and unrestricted movement during work activities.
  1. High-Visibility Options:
    • The jacket is available in a high-visibility colour scheme of High-Visibility Yellow & Navy, enhancing worker conspicuity in low-light conditions or high-traffic areas.
  1. Reinforced Construction:
    • The jacket incorporates robust construction methods such as triple-stitched main seams, bar-tacked stress points, and diagonal seams to prevent welding splashes, ensuring durability and longevity in demanding work environments.
  1. Pockets and Storage:
    • The jacket includes multiple pockets with secure closures, including chest pockets with flap closures and hip pockets, providing ample storage space for tools and personal items.
  1. Compliance with Standards:
    • The jacket complies with several EN (European Norm) standards relevant to protective clothing, including: EN 11612:2015, EN 61482-1-2:2018, EN 11611:2015, EN 1149-5:2018, and EN 20471:2013+A1:2016. These standards ensure that the garment meets specific requirements for flame resistance, thermal protection, visibility, and electrostatic discharge protection.
  1. Optional Lining:
    • For those who are looking for a jacket with EN 61482-1-2:2018 Class 2 (7 Ka), we have made to order options with lining.

By incorporating these features and meeting industry standards, the described arc flash work jacket offers comprehensive protection, comfort, and usability for workers exposed to electrical hazards in various industries.

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ARC Flash Work Jackets

What Is An Arc Flash?

An arc flash is a sudden release of electrical energy that occurs when current jumps across a gap between two conductors or from a conductor to a ground. The arc flash generates an intense burst of heat and light that can cause serious injuries, damage to equipment, and fires.

Arc flashes can occur in a wide range of electrical systems and equipment, including switchgear, transformers, motors, and other high-voltage components. They can be caused by a variety of factors, including equipment failure, human error, or a short circuit.

The intense heat generated by an arc flash can cause severe burns, as well as ignite clothing and other materials in the surrounding area, leading to secondary fires. The bright light from the arc flash can also cause temporary or permanent vision damage.

To prevent arc flash incidents, it’s important to follow proper electrical safety procedures, including wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), de-energizing equipment before working on it, and maintaining a safe distance from energized equipment.

Understanding Arc Ratings and Calories

Now that you understand FR clothing is tested and given an arc rating, you know that the arc rating measures the amount of heat the flame resistant fabric blocks when exposed to electric arc. The arc rating is the number of calories that the garment is expected to “absorb” if exposed to an electric arc. Arc rating is, in essence, the level of protection provided to you, the wearer.

Calorie is the unit of measure of the heat energy of an arc flash and the protective level of FR clothing. The bigger the calorie number, the greater the heat energy level of arc flash and the greater the protective level of the clothing. You will be protected from an electric arc if your clothing has a higher calorie arc rating than the calories of heat generated by the arc.

While it does not matter if the fabric has an Ebt,  ATPV and or ELIM value, it is important to pay attention to the calorie level the fabric can support* (as expressed in cal/cm2)