Arc Flash Coveralls
If you’re reading this article, there are two items you must already have established. First, and foremost, you’ve established the NFPA 70E: Electrical Safety & Workplace Standard hazard risk category (HRC) or assessed the level of risk of upcoming job at hand. You also know that you want flame-resistant (FR) coveralls for the task (that’s unless your employer assigned you the coveralls based on the known hazard risk category).
When you’re investing your money (or your employer’s money) in arc flash coverall purchase, besides knowing the HRC, here are other important points to keep in mind:
- Fabrics – Many fabrics are available on the marketplace. Important points to consider are hand, durability and weight of the fabrics.
- Source – Know who you are buying your arc flash coveralls from. Some manufacturers suggest that buying arc flash coveralls from North America works best.
- Sizes – Keep in mind that the chosen arc-flash coverall style you choose will most likely be for your entire team. So, be sure you know and consider their waist sizes when you’re making your purchase.
- Features – From a practical standpoint, ensure that the selected coveralls have deep pockets with plenty of space to spare. Also, ensure that the selected pant legs have plenty of space and comfortably fit over boots. Also, choose coveralls with an elastic waist so there is a bit of stretch for wearing over clothes and for the “huskier” guys on your team.
Arc Flash Coveralls – Your Coveralls Checklist
When you’re shopping around, look for arc flash coveralls that have:
- Large chest pockets with flaps
- Deep rear pockets with patches
- Two-way covered zipper for easy entry
- Large hip pockets in the front
- Pockets that grant you access to your street pants pockets
- Know your chest size for your regular street clothing and then buy roomy coveralls to go on top of them
- Roomy leg cut to fit over foot wear, such as boots. - Snap or loop and hook wrist closures
And remember, all flame-resistant clothing has to meet the specific hazard risk category. Think safety first, comfort and features second. Considering these two factors will ensure you find the right arc flash coveralls that work for you.