The selection of PPE is done from the level of incident energy (heat released during an arc) calculated in places where the presence of workers is required near the energized equipment. Depending on the level of energy incident, it is essential that every part of the body likely to be exposed to an electric arc is protected by appropriate PPE. The main ones are fireproof clothing, fire-resistant and arc flash.
Most arcs are caused by human error, deteriorating insulation and aging or wear protective equipment. Exposure to electric arc flash can produce several types of serious injuries including, in some cases, death. Moreover, the costs associated with treatment and rehabilitation of a worker may exceed $CAD 1 million.
Costs associated with treatment and rehabilitation of a worker may exceed $CAD 1 million.