Field Analysis of Arc-Flash Incidents and the Related PPE Protective Performance

    Published: Oct 2012

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    This paper will provide a field analysis of the effectiveness of personal protective clothing and equipment and the related worker burn injuries in real-world electric arc-flash incidents, and a review of the ASTM test methods used for determining the arc rating of personal protective clothing and equipment used to protect workers from electric arc-flash hazards. New learning and conclusions relating to the causes of arc-flash burn injuries and personal protective clothing and equipment strategies that can be effective in reducing burn injuries will be discussed.


    arc flash, arc rated, flame resistant, burn injury, total body surface area (TBSA), flash fire, personal protective equipment, arc-flash hazard analysis

    Author Information:

    Doan, Daniel R.
    Principal Consultant, DuPont Engineering, Wilmington, DE

    Hoagland, Elihu “Hugh”
    ArcWear/ArcStore/, Louisville, KY

    Neal, Thomas E.
    Neal Associates Ltd., Bonita Springs, FL

    Committee/Subcommittee: F23.20

    DOI: 10.1520/STP104080

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