STP1544

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

    Published: Oct 2012


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    Abstract

    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.

    Keywords:

    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/e-Hazard.com, Louisville, KY

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


    Paper ID: STP104080

    Committee/Subcommittee: F23.20

    DOI: 10.1520/STP104080


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