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Electrical Safety PPE – Why do I need to wear it, when I don’t work live?

We have clients ask us why they need to wear Electrical Safety PPE when they do not work “live”. Until a switchboard or piece of equipment has been tested with voltage detector tools to confirm “dead” or “not live”, the untested item is considered “live” or energised. Depending on the situation, the Operator should don … Read more

Do Electrical Insulated Gloves Expire?

This question is often asked, as there is a myriad of standards and requirements for field technicians and asset managers to wade through. For example, Height Safety has a maximum life span of 10 years from the date of manufacture. After this date has expired, the item should be removed from service, destroyed and disposed … Read more

Exploring Insulated Mats

The role of Insulated mats in Electrical Work Insulated mats safeguard electricians from electric shocks by providing a protective barrier against voltage. They’re essential in any workspace dealing with electricity, significantly reducing the risk of accidents. A Brief History Insulated mats have come a long way, initially guided by older standards like ASTM D178 and … Read more

Insulated Sticks FAQs

Telescopic Insulated Sticks are essential for safe and effective work on overhead electrical systems. They’re commonly used for live line maintenance. This FAQ will guide you on how to choose, use, and look after the right stick for your job. Q: What are Telescopic Insulated Sticks used for? A: They’re handy for: – Opening and … Read more

Exploring the Range of Arc Flash Hoods

We offer three types of arc flash hoods: Standard, Vented, and Lift Up, to keep you safe from the heat and energy of an arc flash in any work situation. Standard Arc Flash Suit Hood Ideal for general electrical work environments where the risk of arc flash is present but not exacerbated by extreme temperatures … Read more

Understanding Arc Flash Layering.

Arc Flash Layering effectively enhances protection against electrical hazards. This method involves combining multiple arc-rated garments to achieve a higher level of arc flash protection. Why is Layering Important? Layering is key for Arc Flash Safety. It lets you meet specific safety levels when the right gear isn’t easy to find or takes too long … Read more

How do I know what rating Arc Flash PPE to wear?

To calculate likely incident energy from a switchboard is time consuming, onerous, and technical. Variables include voltage, current, fault current, switchboard materials, switchboard opening dimensions and much more. Australian Standards acknowledges this, by virtue of AS4836, which gives a layman, conservative approach to choosing arc flash equipment in table 9.1. It is still always recommended … Read more

Which is the correct Arc Flash standard to follow?

What is IEE1584? IEEE1584 is the industry accepted ‘Guide for Performing Arc-Flash Hazard Calculations’. This guide provides mathematical models for designers and facility operators to apply in determining the arc-flash hazard distance and the incident energy to which workers could be exposed during their work on or near electrical equipment. What is NFPA70E? The National … Read more

What is an Arc Flash and why is it dangerous?

What on earth is an Arc Flash, and how do I choose the right PPE? Arc Flash clothing and PPE is not an easy product to select. Whilst most electrical PPE (insulated gloves, mats, sleeves) is chosen based on working voltage, Arc Flash is not. Arc flash calculations are complex, time consuming, costly and usually performed … Read more