New ARC Flash protection cape


Apparel Supply are proud to introduce an innovative type of ARC Flash protective clothing, the ARC Flash protection cape. Designed to protect workers from the harmful effects of arc flashes and, unexpectedly, from the insidious threat of neck cancer caused by exposure to sunlight. It is designed to fit with the standard safety helmets on the market currently.  

Immediate Arc Flash threat:

Arc flashes are sudden, explosive electrical discharges that occur due to faulty equipment, human error, or other unforeseen circumstances in various industries. These high-energy events can reach temperatures hotter than the surface of the sun, causing severe burns, electrical shock, and in many cases, fatal injuries.  

Long-Term Skin Cancer Risk: 

What sets this cape apart is its unique UV radiation shielding. This cape acts as a barrier for the most  exposed skin area, the gap between the collar and the Safety helmet, reducing the potential for skin damage and cancer. 

Developed in conjunction with ESB: 

The ESB (Electricity Supply Board) is a state-owned electricity utility company and one of the largest energy providers in Ireland. A wearer of our ARC Flash protective clothing since our partnership begun in the early 2000s.

The ESB came to us with a concern that their workers necks were being exposed to direct sunlight while working in all kinds of environments and situations. Needing a product that protects from the immediate danger of an ARC Flash and long-term risk of cancer. With this information on board, the ARC Flash protection cape was born.

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)