ArcFlash - Testing



What is Arc Flash PPE Testing?


Arc flash testing is the process of determining the arc rating for materials and equipment to be used in electrical hazardous environments or a means of evaluating PPE which is not arc-rated for exposure to potential electric arcs (such as shoes, boots, respirators, etc.). Arc ratings are important in assisting companies and manufacturers to comply with standards and regulations and in keeping the workforce safe in a potential arc flash situation. Arc flash testing allows safer choices of PPE for your hazard and minimising injury.

What are the Standards and Test Methods?


The key standards and Test Methods can be grouped into several main categories:


  • Fabrics and Materials: ASTM F1506, ASTM F1959, IEC 61482-2, IEC 61482-1-1 and IEC 61482-1-2
  • Garments: ASTM F2621 and IEC 61482-1-1 Method B)
  • Face and eye protection (Hoods and Face Shields): ASTM F2178
  • Gloves: ASTM F2675
  • Blankets: ASTM F2676


Why Arc Flash PPE Testing?


Fabric and material testing is the first but not the last stage when manufacturing quality arc flash protective clothing. All reputable fabric manufacturers provide independent test reports on the fabrics and materials they provide.

Just because the materials used in an arc flash garment are tested does not guarantee that the garments they are used in will protect the wearer from the anticipated hazard! Workplaces with a focus on safety and protecting their workforce demand independent testing of the completed product.


Performing garment, hood, and face shield arc flash testing by independent third parties:


  • Assures the PPE selected has an Arc Rating.
  • Allows you to choose appropriate PPE that meets the needs of the anticipated hazard.
  • Assures the PPE you are wearing will not contribute to injury.
  • Provides peace of mind for the workforce.


Elliotts PPE Category 4 Ranges are Independently Tested by Kinectrics


The Elliotts ArcSafe® PPE CAT 4 Arc Flash clothing has been independently tested by High Current Laboratory of Kinectrics in Canada. The Elliotts ArcSafe® PPE CAT 4 hood has been tested to ASTM F2178 and the garments are tested to ASTM F261 which requires that the finished product be exposed to a level as close as possible to the arc rating of the fabric or system.


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