TenCate FR Textiles Protect Linemen
Arc Flashes are a threat to utility linemen, electricians, contractors, maintenance and other electrical workers.
An arc flash occurs when a flash-over of electric current leaves its intended path and travels through the air from one conductor to another or to the ground; anyone in close proximity to an arc flash is at a high risk for serious injury or even death.
Some arc flashes can create blast forces upwards of 2,000 pounds of force (or 8,900 Newtons).
Heat from an electrical arc flash burns as hot as 35,000° F (19,400° C). Sound blasts from the arc flash can reach an ear-damaging 140 decibels.
Non-FR clothing in an arc flash can melt directly to the skin and multiply the dangerous effects of any burn injuries.
That’s why it’s imperative that electrical workers have the best FR fabric for their garments and TenCate Protective Fabrics provides.
Standards exist in almost every market for how a fabric must perform. The necessary criteria that a fabric must meet in order to qualify for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Categories is key to making a decision about the right fabrics to wear.
In some countries like the United States, regulations are evolving to require certain levels of protection for every worker in particular risk.