What is arc flash category?

The Arc Flash PPE Category system replaces the Hazard/Risk Category (HRC) system from the 2012 edition of the standard. Each category includes a minimum Arc Rating (AR) value for the required PPE. This value is. determined by the PPE manufacturer, and indicates the amount of heat energy (in cal/cm²)

What determines arc flash rating?

Incident energy determines the severity of an arc flash. The higher the incident energy, the more severe the event. The relationship between distance and incident energy is an inverse squared relationship. In other words, if the working distance is doubled, the incident energy at that distance reduces by a factor of 4.

How is arc flash PPE category determined?

If there is a sticker on the equipment from an arc flash analysis, then the sticker will tell you the incident energy or the minimum level of PPE required. If there is no sticker, then you must reference NFPA 70E Table 130.7(C)(15)(A), Tables a & b.

What are the categories of PPE?

For the purpose of this site, PPE will be classified into categories: eye and face protection, hand protection, body protection, respiratory protection and hearing protection.

What are the 4 arc flash categories?

Four Categories of Arc Flash PPE

  • PPE Category 1: Minimum Arc Rating 4 cal/cm2
  • PPE Category 2: Minimum Arc Rating 8 cal/cm.
  • PPE Category 3: Minimum Arc Rating 25 cal/cm.
  • PPE Category 4: Minimum Arc Rating 40 cal/cm.

What voltage is arc flash PPE?

50 volts
According to NFPA 70E, if you work on live equipment operating at 50 volts or more, then you must perform an arc flash hazard assessment. Even if you always deenergize equipment before working on it, an arc flash hazard assessment should be performed to determine the type of PPE to use when verifying that power is off.

What is the minimum arc rating of Category 3 arc flash PPE?

25 cal/cm
PPE Category 3: Minimum Arc Rating 25 cal/cm.

At what voltage can arc flash occur?

Most 400 V and above electrical services have sufficient capacity to cause an arc flash hazard. Medium-voltage equipment (above 600 V) is higher potential and therefore a higher risk for an arc flash hazard.

What are three examples of arc flash rated PPE?

Required Clothing: Arc Rated Flash Suit Jacket and AR pant or AR coverall with minimum arc rating of 25 cal/cm. Required AR Face and Head Protection: Arc Rated Flash Suit Hood with minimum arc rating of 25 cal/cm. Required AR Hand Protection: Rubber insulating gloves & leather protectors or arc rated gloves.

How do I choose an arc flash suit?

There are 3 steps required to determine the protection level of PC& PPE needed:

  1. Carry out a Risk Assessment. This will involve an Arc Flash hazard analysis to determine the potential incident.
  2. Determine the Arc Rating. This calculates the Arc Thermal Performance Value (ATPV) in cal/cm² and.
  3. Select the PC & PPE.

What are arc flash PPE ratings?

Four Categories of Arc Flash PPE PPE Category 1: Minimum Arc Rating 4 cal/cm 2 PPE Category 2: Minimum Arc Rating 8 cal/cm 2 PPE Category 3: Minimum Arc Rating 25 cal/cm 2 PPE Category 4: Minimum Arc Rating 40 cal/cm 2

What is arc flash clothing rating?

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.

What is an arc flash hazard assessment?

An arc flash hazard assessment is a workplace assessment that is undertaken to identify arc flash hazards and to determine their likelihood of causing injury or death. Arc flash hazards are defined by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standard 70E, which is recognized by OSHA and must be adhered to under various OSHA regulations.

What is arc flash equipment?

arc flash. Share this item with your network: An arc flash is an undesired electric discharge that travels through the air between conductors or from a conductor to a ground. The resulting explosion can cause fires and serious harm to equipment and people.