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Arc Flash Hazard and NFPA 70E Standard Arc flash events are unique and extremely dangerous exposures that workers encounter while doing electrical work. Although the majority of workplace electrical injuries result from electric shock, the burns from the release of intense radiant energy during an arc flash event can cause severe, and even fatal injuries. Temperatures can reach as high as 35,000°F, with fatal burns occurring even at distances over ten feet. Given how dangerous this hazard is, protective measures must be put in place for worker safety. According to the NFPA 70E, employers are required to perform an arc flash hazard analysis to determine the flash protection boundary distance. Based on the results of the analysis, employees must wear protective clothing for the corresponding PPE category, that has an ATPV of at least the value listed in the “Protective Clothing Characteristics” section of the standard. The NFPA 70E sets forth requirements and guidelines for the selection of arc flash clothing, such as coverage, fit, layering, and very importantly, the fabrics it is made of. Protective clothing made from arc-rated, flame-resistant materials, provide thermal protection, and will not continue to burn after the ignition source is removed. These fabrics protect the user by providing a thermal barrier, and minimize the injuries that result from clothing that continues to burn. The use and recognition of the NFPA 70E standard is growing more widespread, since the vast majority of major companies in the U.S. have some employees who work on or near energized electrical conductors or circuit parts. Garments that meet the ASTM F1506 and NFPA 70E are also in compliance with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.269 Electrical Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution, with regard to protective clothing not contributing to burn severity. In addition, the Department of Energy has required that federal and contractor employees comply with NFPA 70E, and the 2002 National Electric Code (NEC) references the standard. Finally, OSHA considers the NFPA 70E standard “a recognized industry practice.”
Testing and Inspection. Gloves and sleeves must be electrically tested before being issued for use. They must also be visually inspected and gloves need to be air tested for any possible defects (for example, cuts, holes, tears, embedded objects, changes in texture) before each day's use and whenever there is a reason to believe they may have been damaged. Best practice is to inspect PPE and air test the gloves and sleeves before each use. [See 1910.137(b)(2)].
- Insulating equipment may not be used if any of the following defects are present: holes, tears, punctures or cuts, ozone cutting or ozone checking, embedded foreign objects, texture changes, including swelling, softening, hardening, or becoming sticky or inelastic, and any other defect that damages the insulating properties. [See 1910.137(b)(2)(iii) and ASTM F1236-96, Standard Guide for Visual Inspection of Electrical Protective Rubber Products].
- Insulating equipment failing to pass inspection must be removed from service and may not be used by workers.
Protector Gloves and Storage. To ensure worker safety and the integrity of the gloves and sleeves, insulating gloves need to be worn along with protector gloves (such as leather), and both insulating gloves and sleeves need to be stored properly when not in use. Proper storage means that gloves must not be folded and need to be kept out of excessive heat, sunlight, humidity, ozone, and any chemical or substance that could damage the rubber. [See 1910.137(b)(2)].
The proposed rule recognizes Class 0 and 00 gloves. See the proposed rule for additional information.