Tuck Those Arc-Rated Shirts In

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Recently our office received a call from a client asking if arc-rated shirts are supposed to be tucked into the pants. In our low voltage class, we specifically teach electricians, engineers, and safety directors to do just that. The client wanted to clarify some misinformation he had just heard from a company that manufactures PPE. He was told by a company representative that the shirts cannot be tucked in.

We feel we should clear up any confusion that may still be out there on this issue. Last September we posted a blog on one of our “Arc Flash in a Minute” videos titled “Tuck, Button, and Roll”.  In it, Hugh explains that tucking in the shirt prevents underclothing from catching on fire and keeps any exposed skin from getting burned. Both OSHA 1910.269 and NFPA 70E have included this practice in their standards.

Be sure to watch the video. And tuck in your AR shirts!

This subject is discussed in our Utility Training Video which is available for purchase.

Ken Sellars

Ken Sellars

Ken Sellars is an instructor of electrical safety, NEC, Grounding/Bonding and Arc Flash Safety courses nationwide. Read more about Ken.

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