Also read what three electrical safety experts, including Hugh Hoagland, have to say about these changes.
This additional Table in the standard offers a guide to specific PPE needed at two different ranges of incident energy exposure: exposures from 1.2 cal/cm² up to 12 cal/cm², and exposures greater than 12 cal/cm².
While employers are not required to provide PPE for exposures less than 1.2 cal/cm², Hugh advises that workers wear “non-melting clothing if any chance of an arc flash event exists.”
During a recent webcast, Hugh said, “Assess the circumstance; see if you think there’s any likelihood of occurrence or enough energy that it would cause clothing ignition.”
The NFPA welcomes public input that will be taken into consideration for the next update, scheduled for 2021. The Public Input Closing Date for the first draft is June 27, 2018.
As Lanny Floyd says in the Safety+Health article, “You can’t just be focused on what’s in the standard. Somebody has to be looking ahead and looking at who’s doing the things that may appear radical today but one day will be the norm.”