ARC Protection Explained
ARC protection is typically designed for electrical industry, specifically those workers who are involved in tasks that expose them to electrical hazards such as electricians, electrical engineers, linemen, and others who work with or around high-voltage electrical equipment.
ARC protection, also known as arc flash protection, is designed to protect workers from the thermal effects of an electric arc, which can generate extreme heat, intense light, and pressure waves that can cause serious injury or even death. The protection typically includes personal protective equipment (PPE) such as flame-resistant clothing, gloves, and face shields that can withstand the high temperatures and energy released during an arc flash incident. (Read more about what an ARC Flash is here)
Other industries where workers may also require ARC protection include the oil and gas industry, chemical plants, and other industrial settings where workers are exposed to electrical hazards.
ARC Protection Standards
Performance requirements for protective clothing against the thermal hazards of an electric arc is covered in the EN 61482 series . Divided into two methods:
EN 61482-1-1: Open ARC Method, popular in the American industries
EN 61482-1-2: Box Test Method, which is Mandatory for the European Market